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(PHOTOS) City officials, public figures prep meals and promote 54 years of Meals on Wheels of Cheyenne

Cheyenne councilmembers Scott Roybal, left, and Ken Esquibel prepare food in the kitchen March 13. (Photo courtesy of Rhianna Brand/Meals on Wheels of Cheyenne)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Throughout the month of March, Meals on Wheels of Cheyenne received assistance from Wyoming public figures such as Cheyenne councilmembers, staff of U.S. Congress members and leaders such as Gov. Mark Gordon and Cheyenne Mayor Patrick Collins. The month also marked the organization’s 54th Anniversary serving the community.

“March is an important time for us to come together to ensure that Meals on Wheels is there for all of our neighbors in need,” said Ellie Hollander, president and CEO of Meals on Wheels of America, which coordinated with Cheyenne’s local chapter for the partnership.

The following collaborations took place throughout March:

  • March 1: Mayor Patrick Collins signed a proclamation declaring March 2024 as a month celebrating Meals on Wheels. He also encouraged community members to volunteer for the program.
  • March 1–31: Dazbog Coffee in north Cheyenne is giving a portion of every Carmel Crème Latte it sells to help Meals on Wheels of Cheyenne. The company is also collecting donations.
  • March 6: Cheyenne Police Chief Mark Francisco volunteered in the kitchen to prepare and package 450 meals for Laramie County residents.
  • March 13: Gov. Mark Gordon signed a proclamation declaring March 2024 as a month celebrating Meals on Wheels. He also encouraged community members to donate and volunteer to the program.
  • March 13: City Councilmembers Scott Roybal and Ken Esquibel volunteered in the kitchen to push out 450 meals to Laramie County residents.
  • March 15: City Councilmember Jeff White helped prep and push out over 1,300 meals for Laramie County residents.
  • March 18: USAF 90th Missile Wing LRS Airforce personnel assisted in the kitchen and warehouse to bag food drive items for client pantries.
  • March 19: Wyoming Sen. Cynthia Lummis’s field representatives, Karmen Rossi and Charlotte Norris, helped prep and package 450 meals.
  • March 20: U.S. Rep. Harriet Hageman’s field representatives, Kael Tepper and Tyler Harrison, helped prep and package 450 meals.
  • March 22: Cheyenne Frontier Days Royalty Miss Frontier Caitlin Garcia and Lady in Waiting Haylie Turley helped package over 1,300 meals.

Lisa Meeker, who runs the Instagram account More Like Martha with nearly 60,000 followers, also promoted Meals on Wheels.

“We are grateful for the support of Laramie County residents over the last 54 years in delivering more than a meal to community members,” said Executive Director Stephanie Freeman. “If the community would like to get involved, our biggest needs currently are delivery drivers and funding for the average $40,000 a month grocery bill.”

Gov. Mark Gordon holds up a signed proclamation letter declaring March 2024 as a month celebrating Meals on Wheels on March 13 inside the Wyoming Capitol Building. (Photo courtesy of Rhianna Brand/Meals on Wheels of Cheyenne)
Cheyenne Police Chief Mark Francisco and department public information officer Alex Farkas stand for a photo while preparing meals March 6 inside the Meals on Wheels of Cheyenne kitchen. (Photo courtesy of Rhianna Brand/Meals on Wheels of Cheyenne)
Members with the USAF 90th Missile Wing LRS help prepare food drive items March 18 inside the Meals on Wheels of Cheyenne kitchen. (Photo courtesy of Rhianna Brand/Meals on Wheels of Cheyenne)
Cheyenne Frontier Days Royalty Miss Frontier Caitlin Garcia, left, and Lady in Waiting Haylie Turley stand for a photo March 22 at Meals on Wheels of Cheyenne. (Photo courtesy of Rhianna Brand/Meals on Wheels of Cheyenne)

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