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COVID-19 Task Force

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Wyoming Hunger Initiative announces task force to address issues caused by COVID-19

March 17, 2020

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Wyoming Hunger Initiative established a task force today to provide support, streamline communications, and implement creative solutions to Wyoming Hunger Initiative mission-related issues caused by COVID-19 closures statewide. Task force members include:

First Lady Jennie Gordon
Ashley Bright, Chief Executive Officer: Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Wyoming

Elizabeth Dillow, Owner: Elizabeth Dillow LLC
Heather Fleming, Co-Founder: WY Lit
Tamra Jackson, Nutrition Supervisor: Wyoming Department of Education
Tom Lacock, Associate State Director, Communications and State Advocacy: AARP
Rita Meyer, Director of Infrastructure Investment: Rocky Mountain Power
Trista Ostrom, Chief of Staff: First Lady Jennie Gordon’s Office
Annemarie Picard, Chair: Wyoming Governor’s Residence Foundation
Jamie Purcell, Executive Director: Wyoming Food For Thought
Tim Sheppard, Rocky Mountain District Governor: Kiwanis
Arin Waddell, Founder & School Board Member: The Food Group, Sheridan County School District #2
Tony Woodell, Director: Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies

The task force will focus primarily on ensuring no child or senior goes hungry. The sudden additional demand on food pantries statewide will require creative solutions, as will protecting the health of our Wyoming neighbors and friends at highest risk for contracting COVID-19. Establishing best practices for food storage, distribution, and delivery will be paramount and the task force is already working with state experts to ensure the best possible protocols. Innovative partnerships between public-private entities are also being developed, and new opportunities to get involved in communities across the state will be announced in the coming days.

Please continue to check back regularly with Wyoming Hunger Initiative's website as well as the Facebook page of Jennie Gordon, First Lady of Wyoming. Events are unfolding quickly and we intend to do whatever we can in our power to keep up.

Social distancing remains crucial to beating this outbreak. Please review CDC guidance and remember we're all in this together.

Governor Mark Gordon

Visit Governor Gordon's COVID-19 information page for statewide public health orders and task force information related to the outbreak.

Wyoming Hunger Initiative

Wyoming Hunger Initiative has partnered with the Wyoming Department of Agriculture, the Wyoming State Health Officer, and the Wyoming State Epidemiologist to create a Best Practices Guide for emergency food responders/volunteers during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Best Practices Guide

Wyoming Department of Health

The Wyoming Department of Health is closely monitoring the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak.

Food Bank of Wyoming
Food Bank of Wyoming is a trusted community partner, committed to serving people in need throughout Wyoming. Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies, along with Feeding America, is carefully monitoring developments regarding the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). A Coronavirus Contingency Planning Task Force, led by the Feeding America Disaster Services team and leaders from member food banks across the nation is actively supporting local food banks, including Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies, as we all prepare to continue our operations and distribute food to the people and communities we serve.


Food Bank of Wyoming is actively consulting with Feeding America, FEMA , local VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster), and the USDA. Our network is leveraging other partners who are in a position to support measures to ensure access to food for the most vulnerable members of our communities during this situation.

Our organization has always implemented strict food safety measures. We take the safety of our staff, volunteers and clients we serve very seriously and are including additional steps for extra sanitation to keep our facility, food and people as safe as possible during this potential threat.

Find out how we’re Leaning In to help during this current COVID-19 crisis and how you can help.

Wyoming 2-1-1 COVID-19 FAQ

Wyoming 2-1-1, in partnership with Wyoming Department of Health, is actively responding to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Live assistance regarding COVID-19 information is available through Wyoming 2-1-1 Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM—6:00 PM. Visit Wyoming 2-1-1 COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions for a comprehensive resource listing.

Volunteer Wyoming: A Project of ServeWyoming

Looking for ways you can help during the COVID-19 pandemic? ServeWyoming has compiled a current list of COVID-19 related opportunities. Please note that volunteer needs are changing quickly, so be sure to check back often for updates. Please visit the ServeWyoming volunteer database online to learn more.

It is important to volunteers, community organizations, and Volunteer Wyoming that we all take the necessary precautions when volunteering. We value that individuals want to volunteer in this time of need to ensure that the most vulnerable in our community continue to receive necessary services, however, personal health and safety are always of primary importance. If you are feeling ill or exhibiting symptoms, please consider way to volunteer virtually or by phone to limit the potential for viral transmission. We encourage you to view the CDC recommendations for age limits and health status when considering volunteering.


 AARP Community Connections, a new online platform launched by AARP Innovation Labs this month, allows users to organize and find local volunteer groups to help pick up groceries, provide financial assistance or lend emotional support to neighbors, friends and loved ones. Across the country, these informal online groups—also called “mutual aid” groups—help communities stay connected at a time when people must practice social distancing to stay safe. 


AARP Community Connections is live and completely free to use, and AARP membership is not required. For more information, visitwww.aarpcommunityconnections.org.

Wyoming Public Media

Keep updated on Wyoming Public Media's reporting on COVID-19 as it impacts the state.


University of Wyoming Cent$ible Nutrition

Find a helpful resource guide for protecting your health, surviving quarantine, and finding the help you need. In addition, check out the public service flyers and guides below to help you and your family navigate COVID-19.

Social Distancing: Life at Home
Preparing Yourself & Your Family for COVID-19
Your Health is In Your Hands
Pantry Staples

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