Programs & Resources
Wyoming Food for Thought Project provides many different programs and resources to help fill gaps in the hunger safety net within our community. Our Program Center hosts a year-round weekend food bag program, we are also a Summer Feeding Site and provide free or "give as you can" community dinners, as well as offer cooking classes and workshops.
For more information on everything we offer at the Food for Thought Program Center, scroll through and click the links below.
Weekend Food Bag Program
The main reason why Wyoming Food for Thought Project was formed, was because of our weekend food bag program. When the program launched in 2012, it was only a school-year program, that fed 160 each week from elementary schools around Natrona County. The following year, junior high and high schools were added, and the program was extended to a year-round program, with partnerships with the Boys and Girls Clubs, the YMCA, and the Rec Center through the summer months.
For more information on this program, or how you can get involved, click the link below.
Summer Feeding Program
2017 will be the second year that the Wyoming Food for Thought Project will be a Summer Feeding Site through the USDA-offered program. Under the guidelines, we offer a free lunch or snack to children under 18 years of age Monday through Friday at the following locations:
Lunch from 1pm to 2pm at Marion Kreiner Park and pool
Snack from 5-8pm at Food for Thought Summer Market (Thursdays only)
Wyoming Food for Thought Project hosts a variety of different community dinners, from our annual Localicious event, to community round table dinners, free or "give as you can" community dinners, local celebration dinners and more. And so many wonderful things have come from these community dinners - we have fed two people, and have also fed 200 people. We have met our neighbors and networked. We have brainstormed ways we can be doing better, and have also celebrated all that we have accomplished. We have met new friends and formed new bonds, and we have done all of this with people like you. Everyone is invited to our community dinners, so come and join us.
Wyoming Food for Thought Project is planning on implementing a Tool Library at our Program Center! Just as a public library or the Seed Library, a tool-lending library has a large collection of tools – gardening tools, woodworking tools, home repair tools, and more. Once you join a tool library, you can simply check out any of these tools whenever necessary.
Tool library's have many benefits, which includes:
Protecting the environment
Little Free Pantry
"The Little Free Pantry is a grassroots, crowd-sourced solution to immediate and local need. Whether a need for food or a need to give, the Little Free Pantry facilitates neighbors helping neighbors, building community."
We are now set up with our own Little Free Pantry next to the Bus Stop located at our Program Center. Through this vessel, we aim to provide a no-questions-asked, dignified, and confidential way of getting what you need, when you need it.
If you would like more information on the Little Free Pantry, or would like to contribute to ours, click the links below.
Little Free Library
Little Free Library, "inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world. Through Little Free Libraries, millions of books are exchanged each year, profoundly increasing access to books for readers of all ages and backgrounds."
We are currently in the process of building and installing a Little Free Library at our Program Center.
If you would like more information on the Little Free Library, click the links below, and stay tuned for updates on our Little Free Library.
Although we are not a food pantry, we do, on occasion, have people stop by our office looking for food assistance.
But instead of turning those people away, we offer pantry boxes, as well as an emergency resource sheet, that utilizes food donations that cannot be used in our weekend food bags and directs them to resources that can be of more assistance.
If you would like more information on our pantry boxes, click the link below.
Wyoming Food for Thought Project began rescuing food from Sodexo at Casper College in Summer 2015, that would normally have gone to waste. We then came across a national organization called The Campus Kitchens Project, and in partnership with Casper College, were approved to implement this program at Casper College in the Fall of 2016.
The Campus Kitchens Project now rescues food from Sodexo, packs them into TV-style dinners, and distributes them through various organizations in Casper, and what they can't take, comes to us.
We would love to expand our food rescue efforts to other restaurants throughout Casper. If you or someone you know would be interested in partnering with us, get a hold of us through the link below.
Wyoming Food for Thought Project is now offering our sanctuary space as a place the community can use to host birthday parties, meetings and more.
The space is open and well lit, and has a stage area, bathroom accessibility, and a projector for a movie or games. We can also supply tables and chairs.
Click the link below fore more information regarding pricing, availability and more.
Wyoming Food for Thought Project's newest project, our first Free Store, will open its doors for our Grand Opening this Saturday, August 11, from 2:00-5:00pm at the old Roosevelt High School in north Casper, 140 East K Street. We will also serve free hot dogs and hamburgers and food from the Food for Thought Urban Farm.
EVERYONE is welcome and encouraged to participate. You can donate things you don't need/use anymore and/or take home what you need.
Click the link below to learn more.
Wyoming Food for Thought Project hosts a variety workshops at our Urban Farm and Program Center. From Garden Workshops to Vendor Workshops, you can learn how to grow and process your own food!
Workshops are scheduled throughout the year, so check back frequently for updates and stay tuned!