Launch of the Fair to Fork program | Local News

SHERIDAN – First Lady Jennie Gordon’s Wyoming Hunger Initiative, in partnership with Wyoming 4-H and FFA, recently launched a new program under the Food from the Farm and Ranch banner called Fair to Fork. The program will purchase a pig from every county in Wyoming this year through lottery selection to support youth development and bring fresh protein back to every county in the state.

Fresh foods and high-quality protein sources are notoriously expensive and difficult to obtain for the food bank system; each pig will be purchased for $500, processed and distributed locally. Each county entrant will be recognized at the Wyoming State Fair in August by Governor Mark Gordon and First Lady Jennie Gordon.

“As a farmer myself, my initial vision for the Wyoming Hunger Initiative was to encompass a component of agriculture that would be part of the solution to food insecurity in our state. I am beyond excited to bring young people into the equation as they care about agriculture and want to give back to their communities,” said First Lady Jennie Gordon.

Wyoming State 4-H Program Coordinator Johnathan Despain agreed.

“4-H members are excited to be part of Ms. Gordon’s Wyoming Hunger initiative,” Despain said. “Our 4-H youth not only intimately understand the value of food production, but also the value of caring and helping each other. The Fair to Fork program is a great fit for kids who are already raising animals as part of their projects. 4-H Learning Center to join efforts to reduce food insecurity for Wyoming families. Young people in Wyoming are especially caring for each other and this is just one more example of how 4-H youth can do just that.”

The ultimate goal of Food from the Farm + Ranch is to use Wyoming produce to fight food insecurity. This collaboration exemplifies the partnership between related industries committed to using Wyoming products to care for the people of Wyoming. The program is made possible through a partnership between Wyoming Hunger Initiative, University of Wyoming Extension, Wyoming FFA Association and Hughes Charitable Foundation. For more information, youth should contact their local 4-H educator or FFA counselor.

Ryan H. Bowman