Food Bank Plans to Return to Gillette Next Month

(Gillette, Wyo.) Last month, Home Depot's Ann Spangl contacted the Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies to try and get some coupons provided for some of their employees. But over the course of the next few weeks and with layoffs at the mines, what started out as a small project grew ten times over. Wal-Mart's distribution center in Cheyenne helped send more that 20,000 pounds of fresh produce, eggs, and meat to over 400 families in Gillette on Monday. According to Food Bank coordinator Shanna Harris, that's almost 17,000 meals worth of food. "Some were coal families, but some were part of the ripple effect," Harris told County 17. Hourly wage workers that may not earn more than $10 an hour usually make up most of the visitors to the food pantry, but she expects to see more coal families later on down the line. Another food bank truck is scheduled in Douglas for May 16th, which will be a smaller event, though they are still planning for 400 familes. A second mobile pantry will be in Gillette May 20th. There are not plans to do an event in Wright, but according to Harris, anything can change. "We're prepared to help," Harris added. #county17 #news