Local Food System

Local has always been the solution here at WYFFTP - from becoming a local solution to hunger throughout our community, to partnering with local businesses and organizations and empowering our local community. The local food system is no different. Below we have outlined our efforts.

Our local food system efforts are fueled by our passion for eradicating hunger because of inequitable food systems. While our Urban Farming efforts get us one step closer to long-term, sustainable solutions to hunger, we know that it takes more than just growing food, and that ideals like affordability, convenience and accessibility are needed to make our dreams of a strong local food system in Natrona County a reality.

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Impact of Local Food Systems:

  • Boosts local economy

  • Improves access to affordable and healthy food for all

  • Fosters a sense of autonomy

  • Positively impacts the environment

  • Promotes a healthy community
    and so much more...

OUR FOOD SYSTEM INITIATIVES

 

Shared-Use Kitchens

WYFFTP manages and operates a shared-commercial kitchen - available for rent by the hour.

Our partnerships with local food producers, and re-sellers, mean we can help you grow your food business in a hyper-local way that supports the entire community's economy. 

 

We believe: The Future is Local

Users of the commercial kitchen have access to shared storage space that includes dry storage, cool storage, and freezer storage. Shelving and sections are secured for safety and privacy.

To learn more about our Shared-Use Kitchen, or to become a user, click  the button below.

 
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Mobile Food Market

What does an old city bus have to do with a local solution to hunger? We're taking the hunger fight on the road!

 

Mobile Markets are popping all over the country and it's easy to see why - they have the power to bring healthy food to communities that need it most.

 

With Summer 2021 under its belt, our Mobile Market broke down barriers to access to local food for many throughout Natrona County. In addition, we accepted SNAP and Double Up Food Bucks, which strengthened the buying power of low-income households shopping local.

 

Market Site Sponsors are needed to be a weekly spot for the Mobile Market each week. You can provide space for the bus to park, promote the market, and more!

 

To learn more, or figure out how you can get involved, contact us today.

 

SNAP Benefits

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides monthly benefits that help low-income households buy the food they need for good health.

By accepting SNAP at the Mobile Food Market, we boost our local economy, increase local food sales and provide healthier and more nourishing food to the low-income population in Casper.

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Double Up Food Bucks

Double Up Food Bucks is a program of the Fair Food Network that enables double the buying power for SNAP users who purchase fruits and vegetables from participating grocery stores, farmers markets and farm stands.

It's a win-win for customers and the Mobile Food Market because SNAP users get more locally-grown fruits and vegetables, which increases the profitability and sustainability of the Mobile Food Market.

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North Casper Grocery Store

Growing food at our Urban Farm, as well as utilizing the commercial kitchen to turn that food into hearty, value-added items, have both been stepping stones towards our ultimate goal of opening a grocery store in north Casper.

In 2017, we saw the last of the convenient stores close on the north side of the interstate, leaving that entire community without groceries or basic essentials of any kind. Considered a food desert, in which the closest grocery store is over 2 miles away, we knew we had to re-write that story for the neighborhood we operate from and support.

The items we will carry in our grocery store will include locally grown and made products, basic essentials such as hygiene and baby products, grab-n-go items and more. We will also accept SNAP and Double Up Food Bucks.

Fresh Bread
 
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Education Classrooms

In addition to these great feats, we will also utilize education and demonstration classrooms to bring together experts on all-things local food and those interested in those trades.

 

Sharing knowledge is power - power to those who keep the trades alive, and power to our community to build each other up, provide healthy, nourishing foods throughout, and to boost our local economy.

If you want to share your abundance of knowledge on anything related to food, from wildcrafting to preservation, fermenting and more, reach out to us today.