To provide the resources necessary to feed the hungry throughout
Sweetwater County, to support our staff and volunteers, to raise awareness of
our program in the community, to ensure accountability to our supporters and
|The "big blue building" as it has beed often called, where the
offices are located and food is distributed for the Rock Springs
The famous "Food Bank" van that has been used in Parade floats and transporting food for the Green
River site and other programs.
Food Bank of Sweetwater County History
The doors of the Green River Food Pantry opened on February 17, 1987.
At the time, donations of food and time were relied on to ensure distribution,
and only non-perishable (mostly canned) foods were able to be accepted.
The average amount of food distributed was 20 pounds per month for each
There was a major fire in Rock Springs in December 1989, and it was
necessary to find a new location.
With the help of the City of Rock Springs,
and the late Ray Lovato,
a Community Development Block Grant was awarded for the purchase and
renovation of the current facility at 90 Center Street.
Later that year, United Way's task force on hunger began looking into the
need for food assistance county-wide. United Way became a financial
partner in the operation of a county-wide food assistance program.
The first 'official' day for food distribution was held in January of 1988.
Small pantries also became part of the program in Reliance and Superior.
Superior's pantry closed in 1997 and Reliance's in 1989. The Food Bank
started with a small amount of food, and small grants for part-time help to
plan and purchase food. There were no guidelines, rules, or laws to define
how to run an accountable program. All procedures were developed, tried,
The Food Bank Now
United Way of Southwest Wyoming is the major
supporter of our operational expenses. The
Food Bank also has a board of Directors that
review, adhere to laws, and oversee the Food
Bank operations. There is now 1 Executive
director and 3 part time workers at the food
The average amount of food distributed is 60
pounds per month for each household.
Rock Springs on average serves 300 families a
month, and Green River serves 120.
There are walk-in coolers and freezers at each
site to be able to accept and distribute meat,
bakery, and produce.
The client number has increased so much that
food has to be purchased by the pallet through
grants. Of the food distributed about 50% is
purchased, 25% is donated by our generous
community, and 25% is USDA TEFAP
so will we.
90 Center Street
Rock Springs, WY
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