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Growing kids need protein.
Wyoming has high-quality, local solutions.

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”
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A Wyoming solution to a Wyoming challenge.

In 2023, in partnership with Wyoming Stock Growers Association, Wyoming Beef Council, and 307 Meat Company, Wyoming Hunger Initiative launched a new program under the Food from the Farm + Ranch banner called Beef for Backpacks. Thanks to the support of corporate sponsors and local beef donors, Wyoming Hunger Initiative was able to provide over 215,000 beef sticks to weekend food bag programs statewide for the 2023-2024 school year.

 

So many people came together to make Beef for Backpacks possible in the first year. 307 Meat Company in Laramie has and continues to do all of the processing of the beef donated to this program. Wyoming Stock Growers Association seeks out beef donations to the program through their network. Wyoming Beef Council and Multivac provide all of the labeling for these snack sticks. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wyoming, John P. Ellbogen Foundation, Northrop Grumman, Jonah Bank of Wyoming, Albertsons-Safeway, FunBiz Concessions, Farm Credit Services, UniWyo Credit Union, and the Catholic Diocese came together to fund this incredible opportunity to get local, high-quality protein in the hands of children across Wyoming

 

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH

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BY THE NUMBERS: 2023-24 SCHOOL YEAR

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Beef for Backpacks is made possible by the generous commitment of our donors:

Albany County Fair donors

Malik and April Hegge  

Gwen Geis 

Jaime Tarver 

Silver Spur Ranches 

Jack and Diana Berger 

Riverton Tire & Oil 

Wind River Oilfield Service 

J-9 LLC 

Gordon Ranch 

Tyrrell Chevrolet 

Harding Ranch 

Shawn and Lisa Daly

Fred and Sabrina Smith 

Samson Energy 

King Ranch Company 

Child Land Livestock 

Doug & Susan Samuelson 

TE Ranch 

Earhart Farms

Murraymere Farms 

Ed and Nancy Prosser 

Taylor Ranches, LLC 

Kate Mead 

Rocky Mountain Agronomy Center 

Fluid Pro

Keith and Wendi Lankister

Carol Cawley

Are you interested in donating beef for Beef for Backpacks? Call (307) 274-0365 to get started.

Beef for Backpacks RESOURCES

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MATERIALS FOR PROCESSORS AND PROGRAM PARTNERS

Growing kids need protein and Wyoming has the beef! Download the information you need to promote Wyoming Hunger Initiative's Beef for Backpacks program.

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Two-page program overview

Download the Beef for Backpacks Statement of Intent Form

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