The Thayne Community Food Bank continues to expand, both in use and in donations. “The food bank is in good shape now,” Julie Buckley, chair of the Thayne Food Bank told SVI Media at the end of November. “We have had an abundance of donations coming in and we continue to expand our clientel and patrons who come to use the food bank.” She added, “The word is out that we are here over in the [Thayne] community center.”
Buckley advised the food bank is based on non perishables, but has recently added baking ingredients, fresh food and hygiene products. “Because we have joined up with The Food Bank of the Rockies we are also able to offer meat and fresh produce and dairy products on occasion, as well,” she explained.
Food Bank of the Rockies is a regional food program serving Wyoming and Colorado with operations based out of Mills near Casper. Using the regional program, Buckley pointed out that additional food products can be added to the Thayne Food Bank.
“It’s kind of a unique formula, but we can stretch a dollar times 10,” she said. “We are able to buy $10 worth of food for every $1 donated to the food bank.”
Top items at the food bank, include macaroni and cheese, tuna, peanut butter and spaghetti sauce. “I can actually tell how the food bank is doing by how those items are doing in the food bank,” she said. The Thayne Community Food Bank hosted a Star Valley Community Dinner at the end of October, serving over 150 meals. Volunteers from the valley’s churches assisted with the dinner. “It was a wonderful event, hands together, with churches and youth groups,” she said. “We had, from a seventh-grader up to a great grandmother, cooking, serving and cleaning.”
Wyoming Minute Man recently held a raffle on a lever action 22 to help raise funds for the food bank. The Thayne Food Bank is open every Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The phone number is 880-FOOD, (3663).