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Jennie Gordon

Jennie Gordon with her husband, Gov. Mark Gordon, on the Merlin Ranch near Buffalo. The first lady will join the Gillette food bank distribution.

Wyoming first lady Jennie Gordon will join Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies to share food with those in need at a mobile pantry from 1 to 6 p.m. on Monday in Gillette in the Family Life Church parking lot, 480 State Highway 50.

Volunteers are needed to help with the distribution and can sign up at www.wyomingfoodbank.org/volunteers.

Gordon’s focus as first lady broadly tackles childhood hunger in Wyoming. Specifically, she is working with the Wyoming Department of Education to roll out a universal breakfast program for students in classrooms across the state.

The state’s only food bank has been working with donors, the first lady, the city of Gillette and local companies to get more groceries to the communities affected by the July 1 Blackjewel coal mine layoffs, according to a release. WFBR trucks have increased deliveries to the area to keep partner agencies’ shelves full. WFBR’s goal is to make certain that there is fresh food available to the areas’ families in need every day, not just at scheduled mobile pantries.

Trends Furniture, Inc., Powder River Energy Foundation, Wyoming Mining Association, Black Hills Corporation, Family Life Church, City of Gillette, Campbell County Health and Windshield Paramedic helped sponsor the distribution.

Families in need of food at times other than scheduled mobile pantries can contact Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies’ local partner agencies.

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Community News Editor

Sally Ann Shurmur arrived at the Star-Tribune to cover sports two weeks after graduating from the University of Wyoming and now serves as community news editor. She was raised in Laramie and is a passionate fan of Cowboys football, food and family.

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