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For the past seven weeks, Foundations For Nations has distributed between 21,000 to 30,000 pounds of food each week to a total of 5,990 Fremont County residents, shared Foundations For Nations Co-Founder Sarah Lucas.
Typically, each box of food will last a family of 4-5 for about a week, Sarah explained. The type of food that is distributed is dependent on what comes in from the Food Bank of the Rockies. “We have have been giving out way more produce and meat than we ever have.”
It takes thirty volunteers for each distribution, Sarah noted. With the exception of the one last week in Arapahoe, which was a collaborative effort with the Northern Arapaho Business Council, Wind River Cares, and the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole, the distributions have been only Foundations For Nations volunteers. Sarah shared significant appreciation and gratitude for those who have volunteered for this continued effort.
A big part of providing this locally includes driving the food from the Food Bank of the Rockies in Casper to Fremont County. The first four weeks of distributions were picked-up by the Lucas family. On their last trip, they had vehicle troubles so the food was actually transported by the National Guard, Sarah shared. The following week the towing company that took their truck to the shop voluntarily brought the food to Riverton because they appreciated Foundations For Nations for providing this much-needed service. Food Bank of the Rockies brought the last two distributions; one with the help of Jennie Gordon’s hunger initiative. This has definitely been a collaborative effort.
They took this week off but plan to pick back up next week. Sarah noted the distributions will continue for as long as needed.