Wyoming’s First Lady, Jennie Gordon, is partnering with Natrona County Law Enforcement’s Shop with a Cop Program, in a collaboration that is seeking to feed an estimated 400 local children during the holiday season.
The announcement came in a written release sent to press Wednesday morning, Dec. 2, just days before the local Shop With a Cop event.
The Shop with a Cop Program accepts donations from the community to provide a one-on-one shopping experience to underprivileged children within the community.
As part of the recently announced partnership, this year, participating children will also receive a food basket as part of the First Lady’s Wyoming Hunger Initiative.
“When we began planning for this year’s program, our donations were drastically lower than years past,” said Casper Police Sergeant Jeff Bullard. “We let our community know, and they showed up for our local children in a big way. We are now on track to provide this experience to more children than we ever have in the past. With the partnership of the First Lady of Wyoming, not only will these children receive presents for the holidays, they will leave knowing they have a sustainable meal for days to come. We are so grateful for the First Lady’s generosity and dedication to preventing food insecurity throughout our State – and in our community.”
First Lady Gordon launched the Wyoming Hunger Initiative in 2019. The mission of the program was to “end childhood hunger” in Wyoming. The initiative works to prevent food insecurity by increasing awareness and support for the work of local anti-hunger organizations statewide.
“Long before I became the First Lady, I learned from a friend about children in Sheridan County who struggled with food insecurity,” First Lady Gordon says on the Wyoming Hunger Initiative webpage. “I’ve never forgotten about those children, and have made it a priority to work toward a future where hunger no longer exists in our state.”
This year’s Shop with a Cop is scheduled to take place Dec. 5 and 6, at both Casper Walmart locations.
“At this time, applications are closed and families are in the process of being notified of their acceptance to the program,” Casper Police officials said Wednesday.