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Mobile food pantries serve 6,000 Wyomingites in one week amid COVID-19 outbreak

“To all the Wyomingites out in our great state helping us #FeedWyoming during this time of emergency. Thank you for leaning in. Cheers to our Hunger Heroes on the frontlines.” (Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies, Facebook)

CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies says that their drive-thru mobile food pantries “served over 6,000 food-insecure Wyoming residents at just five locations” during the first week of April.

They have scheduled additional food distribution sites and times over the coming months.

“Now, more than ever, Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies is working hard to get fresh and nutritious foods to all families impacted by the current COVID-19 event,” Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies says. “Aside from providing support to over 180 partners across the state, Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies has scheduled an increased number of mobile pantries to help those households in greatest need of food.”

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“These mobile pantries reflect a new ‘drive-thru’ model that protects the public, our staff, and our volunteers, during this time of social distancing.”

The mobile pantries distribute boxes to members of each household which include:

  • a box of shelf-stable items
  • a bag of fresh produce
  • a bag of protein products.

Volunteers are needed to help with up-coming food distribution activities.

“During this time, all volunteers must be pre registered,” Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies says. “Volunteers are needed to assist with set up, to help with food distribution, and to help clean up at some of these events.”

“Please let Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies know if we can count on your volunteer efforts by contacting Myriam at 307-232-4020.”

Additional food distribution activities are scheduled as follows:

“If you are picking up for another household please prepare and bring the appropriate completed and signed proxy form,” Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies adds. “Dates, times or locations may change due to weather or logistical concerns, so please check our website for more information and for any updates on mobile pantries in your area.”

“Families in need of food can contact Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies’ local partner agencies, a list of locations and phone numbers is available on our website.”

This article originally appeared on Oil City News. Used with permission.

The Latest Statistics from the Wyoming Department of Health:

What to do if you are feeling sick: In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Casper-Natrona County Health Department says that people who are feeling sick or exhibiting symptoms should contact their primary physician.

If you do not have a primary care provider, and live in Natrona County, please contact the COVID-19 hotline, operated by the Casper-Natrona County Department of Health. The line is open Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 577-9892. Hotline services are intended for Natrona County residents and may not be able to provide specific information to persons calling from out of county.

Officials ask that you please do not self-report to the Emergency Room. Persons experiencing problems breathing should call 9-11.

For general inquiries and non-symptom related questions about COVID-19, please contact the Casper-Natrona County Health Department via email:

  • Practice Social Distancing by putting distance between yourself and other people. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home if you’re sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

A list of area closures attributed to COVID-19 are available here.