Our Programs

Our food bank is the largest hunger relief organizations in Wyoming.
Thanks to your donations, 96 cents of every dollar we receive goes directly to our food distribution programs.

Partner Agencies

WFBR’s warehouse is the central distribution program providing food and essentials to more than 250 hunger-relief programs in Wyoming.  These hunger relief programs range from small faith based food pantries to large charities serving hundreds of clients daily. Our Partner Agencies may choose from a variety of available food and household items.

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Helping Agencies Stretch their Funding

Agencies do not purchase donated products. To help cover our transportation and warehouse expenses, agencies do contribute a very small Agency Support Fee (ASF) for some items. The IRS permits this system if the fee is not based on the value of the product and food recipients are not charged.

Fresh and Free

To encourage consumption over spoilage, fresh produce, dairy and bread are distributed free. Last year, WFBR gave away millions of pounds of food with no ASF. Products donated to WFBR through food drives are always distributed for free, without a fee. All food distributed through our partner agencies is always free to their clients.

Mobile Pantry

WFBR’s Mobile Pantry Program provides aid to those Wyoming communities that are underserved by a traditional brick and mortar pantry. Each area served by the mobile pantry program is uniquely different by how the pantry is funded, how they secure their volunteers, and who is in need of help.

WFBR routinely looks at each county’s hunger statistics to recognize where there are underserved food insecure children, seniors, families, and individuals throughout the state. Then implements plans to bring in the Mobile Pantry Program, aid the existing pantry to better serve their community, or work with the local community to create and establish a brick and mortar pantry.

Mobile Pantry Program provides food insecure individuals with 10-15 shelf stable food items along with fresh produce, meat, and dairy. A typical mobile pantry serves on average 250 people, provides over 15,000 meals, and establishes a relationship in each community to give answers to their hunger needs.

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Totes of Hope®

Totes of Hope®

There are hundreds of children in Wyoming who rely on Totes of Hope®. This program was created in 2006 to assist children with nutritious, kid-friendly food to sustain them over the weekend when school is not in session. This program works in conjunction with after-school programs to ensure that children at risk of hunger have access to enough food to get them through weekends when they lack access to school meal programs. At the end of each week during the school year, participating children receive a nondescript tote containing easy-to-prepare, child-friendly food to help sustain a family of four through the weekend. For many of these children, the totes are their main source of food on Saturday and Sunday. There is no fee assessed to the member agency for participation in this program.

Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies provides more than 54,000  totes with meals for hungry Wyoming children at several sites around the state. An average tote costs less than a fancy cup of coffee.  Without these meals, hundreds of children could  face weekends where they might not have had enough to eat until the next Monday’s school breakfast!

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CSFP Food Boxes for Seniors

The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) is a USDA program designed to improve the health of low-income people at least 60 years of age, by supplementing their diets with nutritious foods.

Eligible seniors receive a monthly food box consisting of non-perishable protein, milk (powdered or UHT), juice, cereal, canned or dried fruits and vegetables, refrigerated cheese nutrition education and recipes are also included in the food boxes.

WFBR has several distribution sites throughout the Metro Denver area, staffed by our team. We also utilize partner agencies to act as “host” sites to assist in outreach, certification and distribution of CSFP food boxes monthly to ensure no senior goes hungry.

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TEFAP Helps Families

Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies teams up with the state of Wyoming and the USDA to provide food to hungry families through The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). TEFAP is a Federal program supplementing diets of low-income Americans with free emergency food and nutrition assistance.

The USDA offers fresh produce, dairy, meat and non-perishable food items through Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies in select counties in our service area.

Food is distributed monthly through our Mobile Pantries and partner agencies to families who meet income and residency guidelines. There is no charge to participate and all food is free to qualifying agencies.

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Grocery Rescue

Every weekday, WFBR sends refrigerated trucks to retail establishments, including grocers, restaurants and caterers. Rather than discard surplus food, these establishments freeze, refrigerate or safely store the food. This food has not been served to patrons.

Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies safely transports products to our warehouse and to large local hunger-relief programs serving meals to less fortunate individuals.

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Why Waste?

These are quality products, prepared or purchased in excess of our donors’ needs, such as frozen meat, produce, prepared dishes and other items.

Food Safety

Everyone employs the highest standards in professional food handling when freezing and picking up these donations.

Good Samaritans

Generous donors in the food service and grocery industries are protected from liability by the state and federal Good Samaritan Acts.

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Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil
rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions
participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on
race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights
activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program
information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact
the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of
hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at
(800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other
than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination
Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:
http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter
addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To
request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or
letter to USDA by:

  1. mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
  2. fax: (202) 690-7442; or
  3. email: program.intake@usda.gov

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.