$75,000 Allocated to Nonprofits, Shop with a Cop Programs for Christmas Meals

$75,000 Allocated to Nonprofits, Shop with a Cop Programs for Christmas Meals

A Rock Springs Police officer helps this child pick out what's on his list during Sweetwater County's Shop with a Cop event. SweetwaterNOW file photo

CHEYENNE — First Lady Jennie Gordon’s Wyoming Hunger Initiative and the Wyoming Governor’s Residence Foundation allocated $50,000 in December to anti-hunger nonprofit organizations in each of Wyoming’s 23 counties for Christmas meals, as well as $25,000 to local Shop with a Cop programs to provide participating children with Christmas meal baskets.

Food pantries and anti-hunger nonprofit organizations across the state are facing a tremendous challenge: because of the increased demand due to COVID-19, there simply aren’t enough resources left to provide Christmas meals to those experiencing the financial effects of the pandemic. Wyoming Hunger Initiative joined forces with corporate and private donors to bring funding to every Wyoming county so that no one misses this holiday.

Shop with a Cop pairs children who are hand-selected by school counselors with members of local law enforcement to purchase gifts or even household necessities for themselves and their family members.

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Over 900 children participated this year in Shop with a Cop; the additional funding enabled the purchase of food baskets in addition to the traditional shopping funds.

“Wyoming law enforcement officers volunteered at every single mobile food pantry offered this year beginning in March. They helped with parking, distribution, and safety to ensure that families in every Wyoming county had access to food. Partnering with Shop with a Cop was the perfect way to thank them for their assistance while also supporting their efforts to serve the community this holiday season,” First Lady Jennie Gordon said.

Wyoming Hunger Initiative’s efforts are made possible by generous donors, including Blue Cross
Blue Shield of Wyoming, Charter, the John P. Ellbogen Foundation, the salary of Governor Mark
Gordon, Powering Up Wyoming, Cigna, Cheyenne Frontier Days®, Laramie Jubilee Days, Central
Wyoming Fair and Rodeo, Thermopolis Cowboy Rendezvous, Sheridan Wyo Rodeo, Meridian
Bank & Trust, the Wyoming Society of Association Executives, and numerous private donors from
across the country.

About Wyoming Hunger Initiative
Wyoming Hunger Initiative seeks to find and support Wyoming solutions to the challenge of food insecurity, which affects approximately 71,000 residents statewide. Launched in October 2019, Wyoming Hunger Initiative is the official initiative of Wyoming’s First Lady Jennie Gordon and is governed by the Board of Directors of the Wyoming Governor’s Residence Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. For more information, visit www.nohungerwyo.org.