Food Group Puts Funds to Work

Timi Burr (left) has enlisted the employees of Powder River Heating and Air Conditioning to fill bags of food for The Food Group.  She also recieves help from volunteers from the Northern Wyoming Mental Health clinic.  (Photos by Tracee Davis)
Timi Burr (left) has enlisted the employees of Powder River Heating and Air Conditioning to fill bags of food for The Food Group. She also recieves help from volunteers from the Northern Wyoming Mental Health clinic. (Photos by Tracee Davis)

The Food Group in Sheridan raised approximately $21,000 at their fundraiser last week, thanks to a $5000 matching grant from the Perkins Foundation. The funds came just in time, because spring break is next week, and the group is doubling their regular delivery to students.

Amy Albrecht, director of the Center for a Vital Community and Food Group organizer, says food insecurity isn't something that just happens in other places. The Food Group helps about 250 kids from the local area who would otherwise have a long weekend with not enough to eat. The kids who need the help are right here.

Items passed out to the kids include soup, tuna fish, bread, peanut butter, and fresh produce. Albrecht estimates it costs about $1,500 per week to feed kids within the program.

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