CHEYENNE, Wyo. — More than 21,500 pounds of food were donated to Wyoming anti-hunger organizations through the Tackle Hunger Food Drive, according to First Lady Jennie Gordon’s office.
The food drive was a partnership between Gordon’s Wyoming Hunger Initiative, Blue Cross Blue Shield of
Wyoming, Ridley’s Family Markets and the University of Wyoming to fight food insecurity.
This is the third year for Tackle Hunger, which collected approximately 24,000 pounds of food in the previous two food drives.
In addition to the nonperishable items donated across the state, and in support of Hunger Action Month, Blue Cross Blue Shield made a $50,000 donation to Wyoming Hunger Initiative.
“It was amazing to see the support to fight food insecurity in Wyoming at the opening University of Wyoming Cowboy football game. The Ridley’s Family Market sold out their premade food bags in an hour but that did not stop the generosity of the Cowboy fans as monetary donations were received in place of the donated food for Wyoming Hunger Initiative.” said Diane Gore, Blue Cross Blue Shield president and CEO. “Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wyoming supports our Wyoming communities and partnering with Wyoming Hunger Initiative ensures all 23 counties are impacted. We are extremely thankful to our team, First Lady Jennie Gordon, Ridley’s Family Markets, and the University of Wyoming.”
“This partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wyoming and the University of Wyoming showcases the commitment this state has to alleviating hunger in Wyoming. Hunger heroes come in all forms and together, we can make a difference,” Gordon said.
Wyoming Hunger Initiative is the official initiative of Gordon and is governed by the Board of Directors of the Wyoming Governor’s Residence Foundation, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Visit www.nohungerwyo.org to learn more about Wyoming Hunger Initiative.