Food Bank Demand Still High
The Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies is on track to deliver roughly five million pounds of food to individual food pantries throughout the state this year. But a new report from Feeding America suggests there’s still unmet demand, and that the food bank should be sending out twice as much food. Jamie Purcell is the development manager for Food Bank of the Rockies, which serves 260 local agencies throughout Wyoming, and says that right now the food bank is running at full capacity.
"We’re operating with one semi truck and one tractor trailer, and we’re operating out of the same warehouse we were operating out of last year. And so our semi can only drive so far," Purcell says.
In the last year the food bank has expanded to include a new mobile pantry that distributes perishable items like meat, dairy and produce. Purcell says that every dollar donated allows the food bank to provide four meals to a local food pantry.