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 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
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-