Wyo. Food for Thought organizes back to school food drive

Jamie Purcell and Cassandra Baker pose in front of the Wyoming Food for Thought bus in north Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Food for Thought Project is organizing a city-wide back to school food drive on Saturday, Aug. 24.

“Over 3,000 children live with hunger on a regular basis right here in Natrona County,” Wyo. Food for thought says. “That number climbs to over 26,000 statewide.”

They are partnering with Townsquare Media to conduct the food drive. It will take place at the following locations from 9 am-3 pm:

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  • CY Walmart
  • CY Albertsons
  • Hilltop Albertsons
  • Natural Grocers
  • Ridley’s

Both food and financial donations will be accepted.

“[W]e are stocking our shelves to ready for a targeted 4,800 meals to go out each and every weekend during the school year,” Wyo. Food for Thought says.

Their weekend food bag program has been going on for six and a half years. Since the implementation of the program, Wyo. Food for Thought says graduation rates have increased in the Natrona County School District as more children have had access to food.

Any food donations are accepted, but the following items are of particular need for the food bag program:

  • fruit cups
  • granola bars
  • cracker packs
  • tuna
  • canned vegetables. 

“Just $5 provides one child with a bag that contains breakfast, lunch, and dinner for 2 days, helping to bridge a very wide gap of food access for local kids,” the announcement states.

“‘It’s an incredible thing to hear about the impact a single weekend food bag can have on a child’s life,’ states Jamie Purcell, executive director for Wyoming Food for Thought Project.”