Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockie’s Respones to COVID-19
We are open and will continue nourishing our community during this pandemic and beyond.
Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies is open and will remain so through the entirety of this crisis.
COVID-19 has exacerbated the food insecurity issue throughout Wyoming.
Since mid-March, we have consistently distributed more food throughout the metro and rural communities than ever before. On average, we have distributed more than 9 million pounds of food per month. We are providing enough food to serve nearly 300,000 meals per day.
Nearly half of all working Americans suffered a job or wage loss due to COVID-19. Our community was hit hard, and more people who never expected to need food assistance found themselves turning to Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies for help. From the bigger cities like Casper to rural Wyoming, we see a continued increase of need. With your on-going support, Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies will be here for as long as it takes – masked, gloved, and experiencing more and more organizational records as we distribute food to hundreds of thousands of people in desperate need.
We have shifted operations to meet an increased need for food while prioritizing the safety of our clients, volunteers, and staff.
Workers who can do their jobs remotely work from home. Staff needed to continue our food distribution operations are reporting to the warehouse. Volunteers are helping too. We are practicing safe distancing and taking precautionary sanitation measures to keep staff, clients and volunteers as safe as possible per CDC guidelines. As an added precaution, we limit corporate, and community volunteer group sizes to 20 individuals per shift at our distribution center.
Everyone entering our locations must first take their temperature and wear a mask.
Together, we are changing lives and making a big impact on our neighbors facing food insecurity during this crisis.
Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies distributed more food to more people in the past three months than in any three-month period in our history. We’re finding ways to navigate the ever-changing landscape of this pandemic.
Here’s a summary of our efforts since this crisis began:
-We temporarily changed our distribution system, creating a strategic emergency support team of food pantries capable of distributing large quantities of food, safely to more people.
-We have navigated decreases in food donations and countless supply chain challenges – tapping into new food supplies and needing to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars per month on purchased food. All told, food distribution is up by more than 40% and growing daily. And we’re expanding operations to include a night shift and an additional, temporary (pro bono!) distribution center to accommodate.
-Our mobile pantries and food pantry partners changed to drive-through, boxed food distribution models where clients could stay in their cars, and staff and volunteers could to ensure social distancing.
-We are delivering food to hundreds of low-income older adults who can no longer venture out safely.
-We are hosting mobile pantries Monday – Saturday across Wyoming. Mobile pantries are seeing two to six times the previous number of clients needing help.
-Our dedicated staff, volunteers, and food pantry partners are making it possible to achieve all kinds of ‘firsts’ and ‘mosts.’
We are creating emergency partnerships to help more people.
During this moment of crisis, Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies is broadening established partnerships and creating new ones with community organizations to better serve our neighbors struggling with food insecurity. With schools, businesses, and other resources closed, we are working to help nourish those who are directly impacted by this pandemic; many of whom have never needed our services before.
Thank you to everyone helping us meet this need.
In times like this, people rise together, and we need your help to continue showing up for our community. Please partner with us as we ensure that no Wyomingite has to go without food during this crisis by making a donation now.
We know things will get better. We just don’t know when. And until that time comes, Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies will continue to nourish our neighbors facing hunger.