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Initial donation marks start of new food pantry

Posted: Friday, Mar 15th, 2013

SW-WRAP employees Nikki Root (left) and Grace Moore (second from right) pause for a photo on Thursday, Feb. 25, with Cokeville residents Jim Lloyd and Maury Young, while sitting on stacks of canned food that represent the initial donation for the new Cokeville food pantry, God’s Pantry, made possible in part by a 2012 donation from the Walmart Foundation. GAZETTE PHOTO/Jennifer Haessig

COKEVILLE — Stacks of canned foods and other non-perishable food items delivered to the Baptist Church in Cokeville represent the humble beginnings of a new community food pantry in town.

In 2012, the Green River-based non-profit Southwest Wyoming Recovery Access Program (SW-WRAP) received a $50,000 donation from The Walmart Foundation as part of its historic pledge of $2 billion through 2015 to fight hunger in the U.S.

The SW-WRAP Basic Needs and Emergency Assistance (BNEA) Hunger & Health program was already addressing the growing need in Wyoming for hunger relief, access to reliable transportation, and emergency medical care for the many individuals and families that represent under-served populations.

Beginning in mid-August 2012, new BNEA Hunger & Health Program was created to expand existing programs to integrate hunger relief for residents in the following eight counties in western Wyoming: Carbon, Fremont, Lincoln, Natrona, Sublette, Teton and Uinta. The recently organized Cokeville resource, named “God’s Pantry” by Maury Young the day of the initial donation, is part of that service expansion.

In addition to establishing food pantries in the small, remote and sparsely populated towns in each of these counties, the program also partners with local senior centers to offer meals-on-wheels to people in need who are in need of financial assistance.

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