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Wyoming letter carriers participate in ‘Stamp Out Hunger’

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By Cowboy State Daily

Letter carriers across Wyoming will be taking part Saturday in what is believed to be the biggest one-day food drive in the country.

Letter carriers are leaving blue plastic bags inside mailboxes for “Stamp Out Hunger,” a nationwide effort to collect food for the hungry.

People are asked to fill the bags with food items and leave those bags at their mailboxes Saturday. The food will then be distributed to local food banks and pantries, such as Cheyenne’s Needs Inc. and the Salvation Army.

Barbara Fecht, executive director of Needs Inc., said the donations will help feed the 12 percent of Laramie County residents who live below the poverty level.

Fecht and Salvation Army Lt. Mistie Lamb said the need for donated food is constant.

“I think we have a lot of people who are working really hard, but wages are low, rent is high, the cost of living is high,” Lamb said. “Money goes to … keeping a roof over their head, to keeping their heat on, to keeping kids clothed … instead of buying food.”

First Lady launches support for food security at Friday Food Bags

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Both Jennie Gordon, First Lady of Wyoming and Governor Mark Gordon worked alongside Cheyenne volunteers Monday evening to fill 925 food bags for area children who may not have access to nutritious meals when school is out for spring break.

Wyoming’s First Lady decided to spotlight food security after a visit with a friend in Sheridan opened her eyes to the number of children in Wyoming communities who go hungry or don’t know when their next meal will come.

“…if you have food in your stomach, you can learn, you can do better in school. Just a lot of things in your life improve,” said Gordon.

Gordon added growing up in a big family, with lots of mouths to feed, made clear how a good meal is foundational for kids.

The event was put on by Element ChurchOneReach, and Friday Food Bag Foundation.

Element Church Associate Pastor Steve Doolin said the church partnered with area non-profits to tackle the issue head on.

“Well, I believe it’s an epidemic,” said Doolin. “It’s not just in Cheyenne, it’s all over the country but lack of food is very prevalent in Cheyenne, Wyoming and Friday Food Bag, One Reach, Element Church are making a huge difference in trying to combat that.”

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