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Wyoming Hunger Initiative purchases $50K worth of protein to donate to state’s anti-hunger charities

Volunteers from the Wyoming Hunger Initiative stand for a photo in front of a protein delivery truck taking food items to anti-hunger organizations across the state. (Courtesy of Wyoming Hunger Initiative)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Food pantries across the state will be receiving a boost in protein offerings to give to those in need thanks to a statewide program making a recent large donation.

The Wyoming Hunger Initiative, first organized by First Lady Jennie Gordon in 2019, recently purchased $50,000 worth of protein from Frank’s Butcher Shop — a Wyoming-based butcher with shops in Casper and Hudson — that was then donated to anti-hunger organizations and food pantries across the state as recent higher numbers of visitors have resulted in increased demand, per a Thursday release from the organization.

The release stated that the purchase was made possible due to a grant from the Jackson-based Hughes Charitable Foundation to provide grocery replenishment. The protein was purchased at a reduced “pantry” rate and then shuffled around the initiative’s already existing network of delivery routes to go to organizations helping those in need all across Wyoming.

“Fresh food and sources of high-quality protein are notoriously expensive and difficult to procure for the food bank system,” Gordon was quoted as saying in the release. “The mission of Wyoming Hunger Initiative is to support the existing work of anti-hunger organizations across the state and it is important to us that we meet the needs head on during this challenging time.”


Further information on how to get involved with the Wyoming Hunger Initiative is available on the organization’s website.