WYOMING — 400 pounds of game meat was distributed to Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies last week thanks to First Lady Jennie Gordon’s Wyoming Hunger Initiative and Dan’s Meat Processing in Evansville.

The two have provided hunters with the opportunity to participate in the newly launched Food from the Field program, which enables them to donate all or part of their meat to the local food pantry system.

The ultimate goal of Food from the Field is to utilize Wyoming resources to combat food insecurity. The program complements existing donation efforts around the state and the increased collaboration between agencies offers a framework for more processors to participate.

“Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies would like to thank the hunters who donated game,” said Tony Woodell, Director of Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies. “We are honored to receive this meat on behalf of our Agency Partners and those that will have Wyoming protein on their tables as a result. We are grateful to the Food from the Field program partners (the processors, Wyoming Game & Fish Department, Wyoming Department of Agriculture, and Wyoming Hunger Initiative) for working with us to provide a Wyoming solution to a Wyoming challenge.”

Dan’s Meat Processing was one of the first processors to sign on to participate in Food from the Field. The family-owned business has worked closely with Wyoming Hunger Initiative and the First Lady’s office to ensure that the program succeeds.

“Dan’s Meat Processing has been fundamental in the success of the launch of this program. Prior to participating in this program, Dan’s gave generously to their community so joining forces with Wyoming Hunger Initiative to make an even larger impact was an easy decision. I’m thrilled that we’re already seeing donations distributed to local food pantries so early in the hunting season,” said First Lady Jennie Gordon.

As a part of the program, all donated deer, elk, and moose will undergo appropriate Chronic Wasting Disease testing to ensure safety prior to entering the food bank system.