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 Hunger Is campaign to eradicate childhood hunger.

During the month of September 2019, WYAA will be the featured recipient organization in 14 Albertsons and Safeway stores around Wyoming. Shoppers will have 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 is 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 combatting childhood hunger and improving other health-related outcomes.

Anyone wishing to support the Wyoming Afterschool Alliance through this program can visit their participating Albertsons and Safeway stores this September and donate to the Hunger Is program at checkout. Shoppers may simply use the cash register’s shopper interface, which asks if they would like to fight childhood hunger. Donations can also be made directly to WYAA (click here). For more information about the Hunger Is program, please visit http://bit.ly/Hunger_Is.

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

  • 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

11 Communities Across Wyoming Participated in 2018

In September of 2018, 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. 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.