About Us

Wyoming Food for Thought Project began in October 2012 in response to a needed solution to the holes in the hunger safety net.  Led by Jamie Purcell, Executive Director, Food for Thought seeks to work toward ending hunger as part of an overall community effort to alleviate poverty, through providing food accessibility resources, educating through workshops and classes, and empowering through SNAP, Double Up Food Bucks and more.

The Wyoming Food for Thought Project is continually evolving, and is working hard to bring new and exciting opportunities to the Casper community. We are trailblazers - we are the change we want to see in our community, and we want you to join us.

 

Our Initiatives

Wyoming Food for Thought Project operates through involvement of food, and offers three core initiatives: Provide, Educate, and Empower. Click the links below for more information.

 

Our Values

The following list of core values reflects what is truly important to us as an organization. We wholeheartedly strive to live and set these examples through all of our endeavors. As a grassroots organization, we pride ourselves with the opportunities we are given within our community, and value our donors and volunteers who make what we have accomplished so far possible.

Community

We seek the greatest good for our communities. Our Mission and actions reflect our endeavor to cultivate community.

Integrity

We are of strong moral character and incorruptible. Our actions are true to our words -- our words true to our beliefs.

 

Honesty

We are rooted in truth, direct in our dealings, and open with our intentions.

 

Respect

We treat all others with dignity -- as we would like to be treated. We honor our differences and our similarities.

 

Commitment

We are sincere and steadfast in our purposes.

Discretion

We respect the privacy and confidentiality of our relationships and the information entrusted to us.

 

Judgment

We act in good faith, responsibly, with care, competence and diligence.

 

Focus

Our actions are prioritized so that we may remain true to our beliefs and responsible to our community and business.

 

Compliance

We abide by the laws and standards of our governments and our communities.

 

Compassion

We approach our interactions and decisions with empathy and consideration.

 

Our Program Center

Wyoming Food for Thought Project is headquartered in north Casper, in the old Winter Memorial Presbytery Church. When we first moved into this location, it was nothing more than a disbanded church with a small community garden area, but since then, it has been transformed into the Food for Thought Program Center and Urban Farm, and offers an array of programs and resources dedicated to community food security.

Some of the programs we offer include our year-round weekend food bag program, community dinners, garden plot rentals and Food is Free gardens, cooking classes, and more. We also just built a high tunnel in the hopes of being able to produce year-round!

 

Our Team

Wyoming Food for Thought Project currently only has three full-time staff, but are backed by an army of volunteers, just like YOU! To become a volunteer, click here now.

Jamie Purcell
Executive Director

Jamie is the co-founder and director of Wyoming Food for Thought Project. Her passion for life and expectation that everyone has an equal chance for a successful life fuels her fire within. She is a mother to two incredible humans who constantly remind her of the importance of "doing something" and has a husband whose support remains constant and whose drive to live life to the fullest is a contiunal reminder of what a gift life is.

Cassandra Bush
Associate Director

Cassandra is the Associate Director of Wyoming Food for Thought Project. She grew up in the small town of Hulett, where her mother ran the Blessing in a Backpack Program, which drives her passion for helping others. When she is not working, her passion for adventure thrives. Any given weekend, you can find her exploring, kayaking, fishing, camping, hiking or dancing at a concert. Adventure for life!

Danny Baker
Horticulture Director

Danny is the Horticulture Specialist for Wyoming Food for Thought Project. He is a Casper native, born and raised on adventure and anything to do with nature. He is a self-taught green thumb, who's dedication to learning and attention to detail have helped him thrive and cultivate beautiful community gardens at Food for Thought year after year. When he's not at work, he's catering to his own garden, beekeeping, hunting or hiking into the unknown.

Miss Ava
"The Wednesday Dog"

Ava has been coming to work with Cassandra since the very beginning. She loves to greet every single volunteer who walks through the door, and enjoys being on "crumb patrol". When she's not napping or begging for snacks, you can find her chewing on a bone or stealing belly rubs from anyone who makes eye contact with her.

Board of Directors
 

Leah Varela

Secretary

JoAnn True

Member at Large

Kendra Markwardt

Board Chair

Stephanie Sprecher

Member at Large

Kiki Blake

Vice Chair

Cody Blake

Member at Large

Shannon Rigali

Treasurer

Rachael Chadderdon

Member at Large

 

Annual Report

The Wyoming Food for Thought Project is an independent, local non-profit organization, focused on the concept of "Food Justice". Through our programs, we seek to forge partnerships and infuse the community with opportunities to access affordable and healthy food for everyone, regardless of socio-economic status.

The Wyoming Food for Thought Project was started in November 2012 as a solution to the holes in the hunger safety net.  Led by Jamie Purcell, Executive Director, WFFTP seeks to work toward ending hunger as part of an overall community effort to alleviate poverty. We are looking for solutions to hunger on the local level, and by working with existing programs and organizations, the holes in the hunger safety net are shrinking.

 

With all the work that's been done in the realm of hunger and food access, there is still much to accomplish, but it starts today with you and the Wyoming Food for Thought Project.

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Wyoming Food for Thought Project
900 Saint John St.
Casper, WY 82601

307.337.1703

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