Wyoming Afterschool Alliance Combats Childhood Hunger

There are many children across Wyoming who depend on school for learning, but also for a meal. For these kids, weekends and summers often mean empty bellies. Food at home is not a guarantee. The Wyoming Afterschool Alliance is working to change this. “We want to make sure Wyoming’s kids have every reason to succeed,” says Linda Barton, Director of the Wyoming Afterschool Alliance. “Hunger should not be a reason they don’t.”

“Hunger Is”

Since 2015, WYAA has successfully secured grant funding from the Albertsons Companies and the Albertsons Companies Foundation with the support from the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) through the “Hunger Is” program.

Albertsons Companies and Albertsons Companies Foundation announced in October 2018 that, through the generous donations of customers, the “Hunger Is” fundraiser to fight childhood hunger in America raised a record $7.2 million in just 30 days. The 2018 campaign, which engaged communities to support their most vulnerable citizens, raised enough to provide 22 million breakfasts for kids in the 2,300+ communities in which Albertsons Companies operates.

Albertsons Companies President and CEO Jim Donald commented that he was blown away by the generosity of his customers: “Their donations will fund 22 million breakfasts to kids in need and help us Make Every Day a Better Day in the communities we serve. Together, through one- and two-dollar donations at a time, we are having a tremendous impact on the lives and the futures of young people.”

11 Communities Across Wyoming Participated

Throughout September, many of the company’s stores, including Albertsons and Safeway, accepted “Hunger Is” donations at checkout. All donations were earmarked to benefit hunger relief organizations in the communities in which they were raised to be extended in the form of grants. To learn more about the 2018 campaign, click here.

  • Casper

  • Cheyenne

  • Cody

  • Douglas

  • Gillette

  • Jackson

  • Lander

  • Laramie

  • Rock Springs

  • Sheridan

  • Wheatland

Through a granting process managed by the Wyoming Community Foundation, WYAA distributed “Hunger Is” funds in early 2019 to afterschool programs serving kids in those communities: ASK After School for Kids, Boys and Girls Club of Central Wyoming, Boys and Girls Club of Cheyenne, Boys and Girls Club of Douglas, Cheyenne Family YMCA, Greater WY Big Brothers Big Sisters, Lander Lights On, Platte CSD #1, Sheridan YMCA, Sweetwater #1, Teton Literacy Center, Youth Clubs of Park County, and Youth Emergency Services (YES! House).

The Wyoming Afterschool Alliance is proud to lead the project for Wyoming. Linda noted, “This is just one great example of how out-of-school time programs can foster a sense of community and support learning.”

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.