Wyoming Afterschool Alliance Combats Childhood Hunger

Test-prep breakfasts, gardening programs, and take-home backpacks with nutritious meal kits are just a few ways that afterschool programs help Wyoming children thrive. The Wyoming Afterschool Alliance (WYAA) is honored to be a charity partner for the Albertsons Companies Foundation’s annual Nourishing Neighbors (formerly known as Hunger Is) campaign to eradicate childhood hunger.

During the month of September 2019, WYAA was the featured recipient organization in 14 Albertsons and Safeway stores around Wyoming. Shoppers had the opportunity to add a contribution to their tab as they check out. All money raised will be directed to WYAA for distribution to afterschool programs that both provide and educate about good nutrition.

This marks the fifth year that WYAA will receive funds and each year the amount has grown. WYAA Director Michelle Sullivan stated, “We’re grateful to the generosity of our friends and neighbors across Wyoming.”  She continued, “We’d like to thank the Albertsons Companies Foundation for selecting us as their charity partner and advancing our efforts to support children as they learn and grow. We’d also like to thank the staff at the participating Albertsons and Safeway stores for their dedication to ensuring that no child has to start their day hungry.”

Hunger Is, a charitable program of the Albertsons Companies Foundation, is designed to build awareness and raise funds in an effort to eradicate childhood hunger in America. Funds raised through Hunger Is focus on adding breakfasts in and out of school through federal nutrition programs and other means focused on combating childhood hunger and improving other health-related outcomes.

Anyone wishing to support the Wyoming Afterschool Alliance can contact us directly or click here. For more information about the Hunger Is program, please visit national.albertsonscompaniesfoundation.org.

2020 Participating Afterschool Programs

  • ASK After School for Kids
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Wyoming – Glenrock
  • Boys and Girls Club of Central Wyoming – Casper
  • Boys and Girls Club of Cheyenne
  • Boys and Girls Club of Douglas
  • Carbon County Boys and Girls Club
  • Cheyenne Family YMCA
  • Greater WY Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Lander Lights On
  • Sheridan County YMCA
  • Sweetwater #1
  • Teton Literacy Center
  • Youth Clubs of Park County
  • Youth Emergency Services (YES! House)

“Hunger Is” Fundraising Campaign – 2019 Participating Albertsons and Safeway Stores

  • Albertsons: 1076 Cy Ave, Casper, WY 82604
  • Albertsons: 2625 East 2nd Street, Casper, WY 82609
  • Albertsons: 3355 East Pershing Blvd, Cheyenne, WY 82001
  • Albertsons: 5800 Yellowstone Road, Cheyenne, WY 82009
  • Safeway: 700 S. Greeley Hwy, Cheyenne, WY 82007
  • Albertsons: 1825 17th Street, Cody, WY 82414
  • Safeway: 1900 East Richards, Douglas, WY 82633
  • Albertsons: 2610 South Douglas Highway, Gillette, WY 82718
  • Albertsons: 105 Buffalo Way, Jackson, WY 83001
  • Safeway: 1165 Main St, Lander, WY 82520
  • Safeway: 554 North Third Street, Laramie, WY 82072
  • Albertsons: 1323 Dewar Drive, Rock Springs, WY 82901
  • Albertsons: 1865 Coffeen Avenue, Sheridan, WY 82801
  • Safeway: 1307 16th Street, Wheatland, WY 82201

First Lady Gordon Launches Wyoming Hunger Initiative

First Lady Jennie Gordon launched the Wyoming Hunger Initiative, her official initiative as the First Lady of Wyoming. Long before becoming the First Lady, she learned from a friend about the existence of several Sheridan County children struggling with food insecurity; this conversation sparked awareness and interest in the issue of child hunger in Wyoming that has remained with her as a pressing concern. Afterschool and out-of-school time programs are often critical community hubs for combating hunger. WYAA was proud to host First Lady Gordon at the 11th Annual WYAA State Conference in Cheyenne where she shared information about the the Wyoming Hunger Initiative and presented the 2nd Annual Wyoming Afterschool Professionals Awards. Learn about the Wyoming Hunger Initiative at www.nohungerwyo.org.

Community Impact & Press Coverage

  • April 22, 2019: Communities around Wyoming are making an impact! Learn about the Sheridan YMCA’s effort in this story from the Sheridan Press! Click here.
  • May 3, 2019: Wyoming First Lady Jennie Gordon is bringing awareness to childhood hunger. Learn about her work from Wyoming Public Media. Click here.
  • Learn more about the Albertsons Foundation support of “Hunger Is.” Join the conversation with #HungerIs. Click here.