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Volunteers stack boxes of tomatoes inside Poverty Resistance food pantry in April at the group's headquarters in downtown Casper.

In light of the government shutdown, Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies says it is distributing additional food to families that have lost their source of income. And in Casper, one food pantry is extending its services to those affected as well.

Poverty Resistance Food Pantry, 450 S. Wolcott, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Sunday.

“As the government shutdown continues, we expect to see an increase in families struggling with unexpected income loss,” said founder Mary Ann Budenske. “Poverty Resistance is delighted to help federal employees, contractors and others affected by this shutdown. This includes folks who don’t get their food stamps on time, folks whose tax returns are not processed on time and others who may be indirectly affected by the shutdown.”

Mobile pantry distribution schedules and locations are listed on WyomingFoodBank.org.

The food bank also works with 143 local soup kitchens, shelters and pantries who can offer meals to struggling families.

“We want everyone impacted by the shutdown to know help is available,” said Shanna Harris, Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies’ director, in a press release. “Federal employees have provided support for our efforts for many years. We’re ready to step up and feed families during this unexpected crisis.”

Upcoming mobile pantries include: Friday, 10 a.m. to noon, 321 Avenue D, Rock River; Friday, 4 to 6 p.m., 210 Center, Kaycee; Monday, 4 to 6 p.m., 18 Fairgrounds Road, Buffalo; Tuesday, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., 350 West Snow King Ave., Teton County Fairgrounds, Jackson.

For a list of food resource partners assisting families in need, call 265-2172, extension 4016 or email anickolai@foodbankrockies.org.

If the shutdown persists, Wyoming Food Bank plans to offer additional food and distribution sites and increase food for partner agencies.

Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies, an arm of Food Bank of the Rockies, serves the entire state of Wyoming. Last year, the group distributed more than 8.4 million meals through its programs and in partnership with 143 hunger relief programs, pantries, soup kitchens and shelters.

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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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