Marbleton mobile pantry helps hundreds

Joy Ufford photo From left, volunteers Roger McMannis, Ray Alexander, Deena Christianson, Karen Olsen and Kay Robertson consolidate what’s left in the senior center’s dining room.

A mobile food pantry

semi filled to the brim with large boxes of

fresh fruits and vegetables, cookies, salads

and much more pulled up and parked in

Marbleton on Wednesday, April 17.

Several hours later, the driver loaded up

some empty cartons and departed for Casper

and home to the Wyoming Food Bank of

the Rockies.

The mobile food pantry’s stop at the

Southwest Sublette Pioneers Senior Center

was planned and paid for by Jonah Energy

company and employees, who raised about

$19,000 to bring the Wyoming Food Bank’s

truck to this area for two trips this year to

LaBarge, Big Piney and Pinedale. The mobile

pantry will also make a stop in Rock

Springs, according to Karen Olsen, Jonah’s

community and government relations coordinator.

“Jonah Energy has partnered with the

Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies by donating

the funds to bring mobile pantries to

our communities so we can achieve relief of

hunger,” explained Olsen said. “We’re trying

to help those with food insecurities wipe

out hunger, helping senior and families with

children – but everyone is welcome.”

As volunteers prepared tables for the

food distribution, they set out fresh grapes,

watermelons, peaches, broccoli, cucumbers,

broccoli and small sacks of red potatoes.

They lined up salad dressings, chocolatecovered

biscuits and much more.

“We served about 100 families,” said

Kay Robertson, who helps with Green Pastures

and the Big Piney Food Closet. “A lot

of the people here come to our food closet

every month; when things slow down people

live from paycheck to paycheck.”

The gathering crowd filled the senior

center’s tables and started a line out the

front door, Olsen added. Marbleton’s Roger

McMannis estimated a third of those are seniors

with limited incomes or access to the

foods set out that day.

During the last 2018 mobile pantry stop

in Pinedale, many people came later in the

afternoon, Olsen said, but this time, there

wasn’t much left after the first hour. Still,

families and individuals stopped in with

thanks for the opportunity.

What was left, she explained, would

be given to the senior center and the Food

Closet.

Olsen said that Jonah has scheduled five

more dates for the Wyoming Food Bank’s

mobile pantry: Thursday, June 13, Rock

Springs; Tuesday, Aug. 20, Pinedale; Thursday,

Nov. 14, Big Piney; Monday, Nov. 25,

LaBarge; Thursday, Dec. 19, Pinedale.

To donate to Wyoming Food Bank of the

Rockies, visit http://wyomingfoodbank.org.

To volunteer for one of the dates above,

contact Karen Olsen at Jonah Energy, 307-

537-6055.


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