Welcome to Afton Food Pantry
We have received our 501C non profit status. We are excited to offer this to our many donors. We accept food and cash donations anytime. We serve all upper valley residents in need of food assistance every week on Thursdays from 5:00- 6:00pm. In case of a food emergency please call the Food Pantry phone number.
Another great way to donate with no cost to you is by using this Amazon link when shopping on Amazon and a portion of your sales will be donated to the Pantry.
Give What You Can
The Afton Food Pantry is a 501(c)(3) Non- Profit. We are able to accept monetary donations as well as needed items. Each month we post which items we are in need of most. There is a drop box out back of the Pantry. Place items in the box and lock it. Box will be checked daily.
What Can You Do
At Afton Food Pantry, we are dedicated to supporting individuals through our various initiatives. With one of our initiatives being Volunteer Work, we are always striving to make a difference. We encourage church groups, school groups, families, kids, teams, to come down and volunteer.
When We Do It
We are currently open every Thursday night from 5:00-6:00pm. If for some reason you cannot make that time or a food emergency comes up please call the food pantry number.
Contact Afton Food Pantry
710 N Washington St Afton WY United States 83110
News & Views
A well informed community is an empowered one as well, so take a look at some of the latest coverage we’ve received below and help spread the word about all the amazing developments at the Afton Food Pantry.
Fair animal donations making a difference
September 20, 2019
2019 4-H Livestock Sale brought forth 13 animals that will soon be filling the freezers are the Afton Food Pantry. Meat is so important for the individuals coming to the Pantry weekly,"- said Julie Deroche pantry Vice President.
Donors stepped forward to offer animal donations that were processed by the Pantry. In total, over $14,150.00 worth of animals were donated. " What a huge blessing to be able to give out meat weekly to anyone who comes our way,"- said Violet Sanderson- Pantry treasurer.
Because of the increase in animal donations year after year, the Pantry has now invested in 4 large commercial freezers to be able to keep on hand frozen meat, frozen vegetables, and bread. The Pantry also has a new 2 door fridge to allow for fresh produce, fresh eggs, and milk donations.
"It's been the most incredible 3 years of growth at the Food Pantry. To think we started with just a few hundred dollars and a few hundred cans to now. Being able to offer bread, meat, fresh produce, as well as canned goods weekly is truly the testament of a tremendous outpouring of love from the community. Everything through the Pantry is volunteer and donation. From the food items themselves to the volunteers including the 5 board members. We do it because we love it and we know without a doubt its making a difference in the valley we love. - said Sierra Mitchell- Pantry President.
We wish to thank the following businesses and individuals for their generous donation of a fair animal to the Pantry.
Amanda Wilford, Black Mountain Boosters, Black Mountain Rental, Canyon River Realty, Deann's Rental Properties, Mrs. Marti Halverson, Salt River Motors, and Westwood Curtis.
Healthy Food Program Underway At The Pantry
February 28, 2019
Healthy foods are now available weekly at the Afton Food Pantry thanks to so gracious donors and helping hands. The project was spearheaded by Shelley Balls with the UW Extension Cent$ible Nutrition program. Shelley was able to secure not just monetary donations that allow the pantry to purchase healthy items weekly, but also secured a commercial fridge that would be able to house all the fresh food items. We are excited to focus on a healthier food pantry knowing it will benefit families who receive it in so many different ways.
Did you know that currently 1 in 3 households have someone with Type 2 Diabetes and that 58% of households have a member with high blood pressure. These diseases can be managed, helped, and even reversed with proper nutrition. Other factors also come into play with poor nutrition. Loss of work as family members weakened immune systems can't fight off sickness, hard time recovering from surgeries or injuries that may have happened, and for children who are hungry, they have a hard time focusing and learning in school when their minds and bellies aren't properly fed.
The pantry is so excited to work toward bettering the foods we are able to give out knowing it will have an impact in so many ways. We couldn't do it without the donors who have donated to the Healthy Food Incentive.
Thank you to Valley Wide Coop for the donation of a commercial fridge, to Farm Credit Services, Land O' Lakes, Simplot, and Silver Star Communications who donated monetary funds to allow us to continue purchasing fresh and healthy food items.
The Pantry gets a fridge to welcome healthy food choices
Nov. 1st 2018
Thanks to a recent grant from Valley Wide Coop, the Afton Food Pantry will be receiving a glass door fridge which will aid in the ability to offer fresh and healthy food choices to local families. Currently the patrons utilizing the pantry haven't had the ability to be offered fresh and healthy food choices due to lack of proper storage. But now, thanks to Valley Wide Coop, we are able to offer another resource to local families. The goal is to have 3-4 different kinds of fresh fruits and vegetables each week at the Pantry as well as also purchasing such items such as milk, eggs, and low-fat dairy items. With this donation also comes the ability to take items from community gardens, local farms, gardeners, and private donors.
With access to healthy food options, families and communities grow as a result. A healthy diet affords people a better ability to ward off sickness, decreasing their need for health care, sick time, and improving their ability to function within society.
We are so thankful for such a generous donation from Valley Wide and we look forward to seeing our patrons lives change because of it.
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October 6th, 2018
After months of waiting, Afton Food Pantry was recently awarded a grant to purchase 2 large commercial freezers from the Wyoming Community Foundation Grant. "Receiving this grant will make a huge different at the Pantry," says Violet Sanderson from the Pantry board. She continues to say " we have struggled with turning down donations because of lack of freezer space. Now we won't have to which means we can offer more to our patrons in our community."
This grant couldn't have come at a better time as we received 13 4H fair animals to be processed and put into the Pantry's freezer. Now the Pantry won't have to worry about lack of space as these freezers will over double the amount of freezer space.
" What a huge impact these will make for our pantry but also for our community and those we serve weekly," says Sierra Mitchell- President of the Afton Food Pantry.
Thank you Wyoming Community Foundation for such a generous donation that will impact the many families we serve and help us serve many more in our community. We are very thankful.
Local Non-Profit Gives Out Over 4,800 Pounds of Food To the Community
March 5th, 2018
Valentines Day is about love in various ways. One way the community received love was through the efforts of the Afton Food Pantry. Partnered with Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies, the Afton Food Pantry agreed to take on hosting a mobile pantry in which extra food was given out to local families in need. The event took a great deal of organization and helping hands. With the help of Silver Star Communications and its wonder staff, the Afton Food Pantry was able to give out over 4,800 pounds of food from Cokeville- Alpine Wyoming. Over 150 families received 5 grocery bags of food including cereal, crackers, dinners, and fresh fruits and vegetables. We are truly grateful to Farm Credit Services for providing the grant to make this event happen and we couldn't have done it without the helping hands from Silver Star Communications.
From Idea to Reality: The Evolution of Afton Food Pantry
February 1st 2018
The Afton Food Bank used to preside within the Afton town hall. Run by the Chief of Police many years ago, the Afton Food Bank over the years consisted of a small back room with shelves and eventually fell into the hands of the staff to organize, maintain, and distribute. The Town Hall would offer patrons in need a set box of food once a month to help address their hunger issues. With a dream and a vision to see something bigger put into place for Afton and the patrons in need, Sierra Mitchell went to work with figuring out all the logistics needed to run a food bank after permission from the Town to take it over. After that things literally fell right into place as if it was meant to be all along.
With a building left emptied by the Search and Rescue Sierra went to the County Commissioners to ask about the possibility to take over a building to grow a much needed food bank. Without hesitation, we had a building and a chance to grow the dream. After that through many helping hands from advice, to logistics, to begging close friends to join in the task of joining a board and becoming a true 501 (c)(3) non profit everything just came together. " I literally just tried to grab anyone and everyone who saw the end goal and put them to work"- Sierra said. We utilized the local high school shop class who came the last week of school to build all the shelves for the Pantry, we had an eagle scout make his project to build us a wheelchair ramp, we had people come paint, we had businesses help us get organized. It was the largest group effort. We worked all summer long to gather food and learn all the government rules for food storage, food safety, and what was required to become a non-profit.
September 1st, 2016 we opened our doors to the public with the goal of offering food not just once a month but every single week. From that first opening night we have defiantly learned a lot and grown a lot and figured out all the kinks. But what an amazing response we had. Not just from the patrons who continue to come see us weekly but from the businesses, donors, and the largest response we have had is from volunteers.
"The journey of the Afton Food Pantry is purely magical. Everyone gave what they could to see it up and going. From the gift of a location and a building, to all the many helping hands who got the building ready, and to the ladies who joined forces to make a board and get our 501(c)(3) within just a few weeks of us opening. "It just warms my heart to the core. To see the dream become a reality and now being able to serve patrons every Thursday since we've opened is what its all about"- Sierra Mitchell
The Best Christmas Gift
December 23rd 2017
There wasn't a shortage of donations during Thanksgiving and Christmas at the Afton Food Pantry. The response was incredible as we asked the community to help us fill holiday dinner boxes. We wanted every family in need during the holiday season to receive the gift of a holiday dinner. 1st Bank in Afton stepped up to the plate and offered turkeys to fill every Christmas dinner box. With the amazing amount of donations that poured in, we gave out in total 94 complete Christmas dinners to local families. The boxes didn't just include the dinner and that's because of the spirit of the Star Valley residents. We received Christmas candy so those boxes with children had a little something extra, we received gingerbread house kits, we even had a group make homemade Christmas ornaments for every single box. The Christmas and giving spirit ran heavy for us at the Pantry during November and December when in total 135 holiday dinners made their way into local homes. What we do isn't possible without all the businesses and donors who have stepped up to make sure those families in need are helped during the holiday months as well.
From Idea to Reality: The Evolution of Afton Food Pantry
June 9, 2019
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