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80 families benefited from Birds and Bucks food drive

(Casper, Wyo.) - Monday, 80 families in Casper received Thanksgiving baskets thanks to the generosity of the community during the Birds and Bucks Turkey Drive. The baskets were given to families in need who registered. "There are over 9,000 people suffering from hunger in our community, and to be able to fill a small hole in the hunger safety net means so much to us," said Jamie Purcell, executive director for Wyoming Food for Thought Project. "It was our first year doing Thanksgiving baskets. In the past we have partnered directly with multiple food pantries and directed people to them for help. However, this year we saw a hole that needed to be filled and, working with our partners at Casper Housing Authority, and sharing the love with Head Start, Early Head Start, Poverty Resistance Food Pantry, Evansville Food Pantry, and Holy Cross Food Pantry, we've found another way to give dignity to many in our community who need a bit of extra help." This year most of the baskets were delivered to homes by volunteers from Casper College, Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church, and Wyoming Food for Thought Project. #oilcity #news