WHO IS ELIGIBLE: Wyoming food pantries or affiliated organizations who are not agency members of the Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies.
HOW MUCH IS AVAILABLE: Organizations can request up to $10,000 in funding.
WHAT CAN FUNDING BE USED FOR: Replenish food stock and infrastructure needs
DEADLINE: All requests must be submitted by 5 p.m. MDT on Friday, October 30, 2020.
a) Amount of and food distributed due to COVID - 19 increases; and
b) Number of additional families served due to COVID-19 increases.
ADDITONAL FUNDING INFORMATION:
The COVID-19 pandemic is threatening the food security and nutrition of Wyoming’s residents. As of June 2020, more than 20 percent of American households are experiencing food insecurity, according to Dr. Lauren Bauer, a Fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution. Put differently, one out of every five households in the United States are experiencing food insecurity. This is also being felt in Wyoming, and the increased demand on our food pantries is being felt statewide. Along with increased demands, food pantries are also seeing a decrease in donated foods. The use of the funds will assist food pantries in keeping much needed food on their shelves to feed the surge of individuals no longer having the ability to feed their families. Also, the needed increase to capacity is necessary to ensure Wyoming can serve as many families as possible.
The following are the areas of focus:
1) Funding to replenish food stock for food pantries in Wyoming due to increased demand by families impacted by Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Family impacts may include layoffs from business closures; income elimination or decreases from families sheltering at home; income elimination or decreases due to school closures; or income elimination or decreases due to becoming ill or caring for a household member that became ill from COVID-19. Due to the elimination or decrease in income, families utilized the food pantries across the state depleting already limited food stock.
2) Funding to food pantries for infrastructure needs and enhanced delivery capacity (i.e. refrigerators, freezers, shelving, carts, leases towards trucks, trailers, space). This will allow for more reliable food conditions as well as increasing food pantry capacity to accept more food, especially perishable items. This also addresses the increased costs and logistics for hauling the food from a central location, to all across Wyoming and operating mobile pantries, which have been incredibly beneficial to Wyoming citizens.
3) Funds shall not be used to purchase real property, capital construction or replace lost revenue.
4) Any CARES fund recipient shall have a W-9 for tax reporting purpose.