TORRINGTON – Starting at 12:30 p.m. last Thursday, May 27, vehicles lined the loop of the Goshen County Fairgrounds, as WYO HELP volunteers loaded them with boxes of food.
After a scheduling mistake which prompted many to show up on May 24th, Executive Director Kyle Borger issued an apology, saying he hoped people could still make it on the 27th.
After a truck from the Food Bank of Wyoming dropped off several boxes of food, at 12:30 p.m., volunteers started loading vehicles with three boxes each.
According to Borger, each box contains a bag of apples, a bag of potatoes, yogurt, milk, hot dogs, chicken taco meat and a couple other items.
“We have enough for about 380 families,” Borger said. “Each family will get three boxes and three full gallons of milk.”
Most people accepted all three, according to Borger.
“If they don’t need everything, then they can give to their neighbors or family members,” he said.
The operation ran off about 20 volunteers, usually loading four vehicles at a time. Borger said they did not need as many volunteers Thursday because all items were pre-boxed.
The pantry ended at about 3:30 p.m., after all boxes had been distributed.
Other pantries take more time to prepare for, according to Borger, since volunteers bag and box the products.
Borger said the mobile pantry is provided to the county free of charge.
“This is the family to food program that was created as part of the CARES act,” he explained.
The Food Bank of Wyoming sends a mobile pantry to Torrington once or twice a year. Borger said the Wyoming Food Bank notifies WYO HELP when they have a truck available. The organization regularly has mobile pantries in Buffalo, Basin, Guernsey, Hanna, Kaycee, Moorcroft, Rawlins, Ethete, Rock River, Rock Springs and Worland, according to their website.
WYO HELP typically holds their food pantry every Friday. Borger encouraged the public to call 307-532-0269 for more information.
Borger said a couple of months ago, the organization changed their name from Goshen HELP to WYO HELP, because they offer services to multiple counties.
The organization is now offering free mental health therapy through an online platform called Better Help. Those who qualify can have access to the platform until September 2022. Borger said individuals will have access to videos and unlimited messaging with their therapist.
Another recent addition, according to Borger, is assistance with automobile repairs. WYO HELP provides financial assistance to income-qualified customers.