Saturday, January 17, 2009

Feed Wyoming 2009 this weekend

On this Martin Luther King, Jr./Barack Obama Inaugural Weekend, we focus our attention on hunger. Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies sent out this press release about Feed Wyoming 2009:

The Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies announced a statewide fund-campaign to procure food for the hungry in Wyoming. Feed WYOMING 2009 was inspired by the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King and in response to President-elect Obama’s call to citizens to serve others in their communities. The collaborative effort will take place January 17, 18th, 19th and 20th as a part of a National Day of Service.

Feed Wyoming 2009 is a non-partisan, non-denominational campaign. Any money raised will go directly to the purchase of food for people in need in the regions where the dollars were raised. The USDA estimates the cost for a family of four to eat healthfully for one day is approximately $17.50. With the help of the Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies, a meal for a hungry family of four can be delivered for as little as one dollar.

Citizens are asked to consider helping in the following ways:

Ø To place a collection box at their place of business on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
Ø To ask their members, parishioners or constituents to consider a small one-time contribution. (Feed Wyoming is suggesting the cost that one might spend for one day’s groceries.)
Ø To create an email postcard asking friends to donate online: (don’t forget to designate your donation to the Wyoming Food Bank!)
Ø To create a link on their home page.
Ø To inspire a group to host a fund-drive in a public place.
Ø To invent another way to help raise resources!

All contributions will be directed to the Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies who will in turn purchase food for the more than 200 food banks and pantries across the state. All contributions to WFBR are tax-deductible.

“If each of us as citizens does a little, our collective impact will be immense” said Marguerite Meyer, Director of Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies. “This is a wonderful way of reflecting our commitment to those in need at a dire time.”

Feed WYOMING 2009 Community Partners and January 20th, 2009 statewide food/fund drop locations:
THERMOPOLIS: NOWCAP 317 So. 6th St. (307) 864-5544
CASPER: Casper Chamber of Commerce 500 No. Center St. (307) 234-5311
CHEYENNE: Needs, Inc. 900 Central Ave. (307) 632-4132
GILLETTE: Council of Community Services 114 #4-J Rd. (307) 686-2730
ROCK SPRINGS: Sweetwater County Food Bank 90 Center St (307) 307-382-7332
SHERIDAN: Sheridan Senior Center 211 Smith St. (307) 382-7332 ALL WEEKEND

For more information about Feed WYOMING 2009 contact Marguerite Meyer at the Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies: 307.265.2172, 877.265.2172 or (307) 258.2908

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