Food banks in Wyoming and across the nation are seeing unprecedented demand in the wake of economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. Tony Woodell directs the Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies. He says they’re delivering up to 80 percent more food each month over previous years. Woodell says the challenge – which is projected to last at least another 18 months, even after a vaccine is widely available – is a lot like facing a strong Wyoming headwind.
“You have to kind of lean into it, to get through it. And the Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies is leaning in to get through the wind, and we’re counting on our partners to lean in with us as we get through this.”
Woodell says one in six Wyoming residents does not know where his or her next meal is coming from. In previous years, Woodell encouraged people to come out and volunteer, but for health and safety reasons, he says financial support is the most effective way for people in the Cowboy State to help their struggling neighbors.