Wyoming Food for Thought Project

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The Wyoming Food for Thought Project is an independent non-profit organization.

Focusing on the concept of "Food Equality", we seek to forge partnerships and infuse the community with opportunities to access affordable and healthy food for everyone, regardless of socio-economic status.

The Wyoming Food for Thought Project was started in October 2012 as a solution to the holes in the hunger safety net. Led by Jamie Purcell, Executive Director, and Kim Summerall-Wright, board president, WFFTP seeks to work toward ending hunger as part of an overall community effort to alleviate poverty.

WFFTP is looking for solutions to hunger on the local level. Working with existing programs and organizations, the holes in the hunger safety net are shrinking.

The first program launched by WFFTP is the Food for Thought Weekend Backpacks. This program is working to put a bag of healthy food in the hands of hungry kids who may otherwise have little to no access to decent food or any food at all when they are not in school. Currently, 200 students are served every week – but there is a determined need of at least 3, 000 students going hungry on a regular basis in Natrona County alone. Working as locally as possible, WFFTP seeks to create localized solutions that can be replicated in towns across the state – relieving each community from the worry of relying on an outside organization to take care of their hunger issues.

We know that just feeding people is not enough: you need to give people tools to take care of themselves. That’s why we’ve taken on the Downtown Casper Farmers Market to increase the amount of locally produced food available to consumers of all income levels in our community.

With the increase of community gardens, we’re teaching people how to grow their own food – and at the end of the season, with help from our community partners like Cent$ible Nutrition and the UW Extension Office, we will teach our neighbors how to turn their bounty into food they can enjoy year-round.

There is much work to do, but step by step, we will conquer hunger, together.