Cheyenne Elks Club donates to local pantries | New

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The Cheyenne Elks Club donated $3,000 each to Needs, Inc. and St. Joseph’s Food Pantry.




Two local community pantries recently received donations from Cheyenne Elks Club #660.

Needs Inc. and St. Joseph’s Food Pantry each received $3,000 to help meet the food insecurity needs of community residents. In the Cheyenne region, approximately 11% of households are food insecure, with this number rising to 14% for households with children. Many of these hungry people rely on food pantries to meet their nutritional needs.

Funding for these donations was provided by a Beacon Grant and a Spotlight Grant from the Elks National Foundation. The Beacon Grant allows an Elks Club to address pressing needs in its own backyard, while the Spotlight Grant allows a club to shine a light on important community issues. Food insecurity issues, which have increased during the pandemic, meet both criteria for subsidy.

Needs Inc. was founded in 1972 and provides services to the community through its food pantry, clothing store and low-cost thrift store. Its services are funded by grants and donations that help feed nearly 15,000 people each year. It is the largest food pantry in Laramie County and is funded by donations from local businesses, churches, organizations and individuals.

St. Joseph’s Food Pantry was founded in the 1980s in the basement of the church’s parish office, but has grown and expanded significantly over the years. It now provides food to nearly 900 households each calendar quarter, with customers allowed to pick up the food they need once a week. It is supported by donations from local churches, businesses and individuals.

Cheyenne Elks have been providing community services to the Cheyenne area and its people for over 120 years. As a charity, the Elks are dedicated to helping members of the local community, especially the homeless, struggling veterans, others in need, and youth organizations.

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