CASPER, Wyo. — The John P. Ellbogen Foundation has committed to match up to $100,000 in donations made to the Food Bank of Wyoming during the month of December, the Food Bank of Wyoming said in a press release Thursday.
“This grant comes at a critical time as inflation has caused the price of food and fuel to dramatically increase,” the Food Bank of Wyoming said.
The nonprofit is spending three times as much on food items as it did during the 2021 holiday season, the press release said.
“Though Food Bank of Wyoming has robust purchasing power and lower bulk pricing from agricultural and retail partners, some staple items currently cost upwards of 70% more year-over-year,” the release added.
The price of potatoes is up 71%, sweet corn is up 61%, onions are up 50% and cucumbers are up 39%, the Food Bank of Wyoming said.
Money raised through the $100,000 matching donation opportunity will help the nonprofit “purchase essential food items needed to provide nourishing meals to Wyoming residents,” the press release said.
“The family food budget is often seen as a flexible expense where a family can save money, purchasing lower-quality items that lack nutritional value to stretch their dollar, or by skipping meals altogether,” Rachel Bailey, director of Food Bank of Wyoming, said. “Food Bank of Wyoming is committed to making sure families have nutritious, healthy food available, so they don’t have to make hard choices. Thank you to the John P. Ellbogen Foundation for helping Wyoming families access nutritious food this winter.”
People can donate and learn more about the Food Bank of Wyoming at wyomingfoodbank.org.