Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Powell Valley Loaves and Fishes will continue to provide food for residents in need. However, following the closure of the Park County Annex in Powell, the delivery method …
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Powell Valley Loaves and Fishes will continue to provide food for residents in need. However, following the closure of the Park County Annex in Powell, the delivery method is being modified.
The food pantry will distribute food during its normal hours: Monday through Friday from 9-11:30 a.m.
Residents must call ahead to pick up food items (307-754-8800 or 307-754-8870). A volunteer will then bring the food outside to be distributed, since the public isn’t allowed in the annex at this time, said Julie Fulton, volunteer coordinator for Loaves and Fishes.
“We’re trying to figure out how to get food to people who need it,” said Cindy Balderas, treasurer for Loaves and Fishes.
The pantry has seen “a little bit of an influx” in people needing food, she said.
Balderas added that the food pantry is for those truly in need. In recent weeks, residents have started stockpiling groceries, depleting shelves and prompting stores to enact limits on items. Local grocery stores have asked residents to only buy for their immediate needs.
“We just need to be sure that we’re feeding people that are in actual need,” Balderas said.
Balderas commended Blair’s and Mr. D’s Food Center for their work to provide food for Loaves and Fishes as well as the rest of the town. Food donations can be dropped off at designated Loaves & Fishes barrels at either grocery store.
“We always need cereal; we always need peanut butter,” Balderas said. “We do need pasta and rice and tuna fish.”
Monetary donations can also be mailed to Loaves and Fishes at P.O. Box 992, Powell, WY 82435.
Donated funds go toward fresh food items — such as eggs, milk and bread — at local grocery stores. As an emergency food pantry, Loaves and Fishes will also buy food that’s needed.
Balderas said it’s important not to come out if you’re sick, and to continue following guidelines for social distancing. While the food pantry doesn’t have the manpower to deliver food, Balderas suggested deliveries could be arranged through the help of a neighbor or friend.
“... We are concerned about what’s happening in our town and we just want to make sure that we can get food to whoever needs to have help,” she said.