GUERNSEY – Almost 300 families were served Saturday, July 18, as the Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies mobile food pantry was set up and fully staffed with volunteers at First State Bank in Guernsey.
“We’re excited to do this,” said local pantry coordinator Pat Russell. “It’s for anybody and there is no income guidelines, restrictions or anything like that.”
People receiving the food donations were asked to give their names and where they lived, according to Russell. After giving the information, the cars drove through where each family was given a bundle consisting of a box of meat, a box of produce, a box of canned goods, a box of lightbulbs and a bag with snack bags of cookies and juice boxes.
There were somewhere between 15 to 20 volunteers according to Russell and all the volunteers were asked to wear masks and gloves when handling and distributing and loading food to the people’s cars. Those who drove up were asked to stay in their cars, maintaining a safe social distance.
The weather was sunny, but very warm as volunteers worked for the two-hour period in temperatures of over 90 degrees. Water, Gatorade and gloves were provided by the Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies as well as one bundle per each volunteer.
“I can’t say enough about the volunteers and I would like to thank them all for their hard work,” Russell said. “Without them, we couldn’t do this. Also to the Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies because the only cost to us is our time and our efforts.”
Cars entered the south parking lot of First State Bank from the WEST entrance, on S. Iowa, and exited either to the north or south. The parking lot is where the cars were loaded with food. Two steady lines of cars came through the lines for almost 90 minutes.
For more information about the Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies, please visit: wyomingfoodbank.org/contact/