Hundreds turn out for second mobile food pantry

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Kim Cain, manager of Helping Hearts of Glenrock, registers attendees to pick up food Monday as more than 200 residents visted the Glenrock Volunteer Fire Department hall to get food.

By Mike Moore

Children laughed and played in the snow as Converse County residents patiently waited in a line that wrapped around the block Monday morning at the Glenrock Volunteer Fire Department.
Folks came out in mass to stock up on their food supply, as the Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies (WFBR) held its mobile pantry food distribution event during the mid-morning hours.
According to WFBR community relations specialist Ashley Nickolai, the turnout was a welcoming sight to see. Last fall they held a similar event that reached 175 families. This time around, they assisted 196 families.
“It went fantastic,” Nickolai said. “We do this to help the food insecure families of Converse County.”
Statistics claim approximately 72,000 Wyoming residents meet the “food insecure” requirements.
The communications specialist says one focus is to help those who do work, but still struggle. She says they deserve to have food on their tables just like everybody else.
WRBR joined forces with Helping Hearts of Glenrock for the mobile pantry. All remaining food that wasn’t picked up on Monday of this week was sent to Helping Hearts, which is being distributed to those who couldn’t make it on Monday, according to manager Kim Cain.
The amount of food brought in for the day was enormous. In total, 20,439 pounds  - or 10.2 tons of food - was brought in, equating to a little more than 17,000 meals.
Much of what was distributed came from an anonymous donor, with the remainder coming from the WFBR’s grocery rescue program, which assisted in bringing produce in from the Walmart Distribution Center in Cheyenne.
“We’re always grateful for the volunteers and sponsors where we go,” Nickolai said.
According to Cain, this was only the second time the mobile food pantry has come to serve Converse County, and another is in the works for March.
“I was pleased with the turnout; we had 22 more families than last time,” she said. “I’m thankful we can do this for the people. Thanks to the community and businesses for all their help and support.”


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