In the spirit of thanks, opportunities to give back this holiday

JACKSON, Wyo. — Coming together as a community to support those less fortunate is something that the town of Jackson excels at.

Whether you are looking to give this holiday season or seeking assistance in finding a warm holiday meal, the celebration of thanks and giving can be found throughout the valley.

One22 Resource Center and Hole Food Rescue Teton Thanksgiving

In partnership with Hole Food Rescue, One22 Resource Center will be bringing food and comfort to those this Thanksgiving holiday. Those who signed up by Nov. 15 will be able to pick up a Thanksgiving meal this week.

Community-wide partners have been instrumental in bringing this together, including Albertson’s, Jackson Elks Lodge, Miazga’s, Presbyterian Church of Jackson Hole, Provisions Jackson Hole, Rosa’s Tamales, and many volunteers throughout the valley.

“The holidays look different for many of us this year, but there is comfort in knowing that we are all surrounded by an incredible community,” says Lisa Lent, Executive Director of Hole Food Rescue. “We are proud to work together with One22 Resource Center to prepare this Thanksgiving meal for our neighbors in need. The unity and kindness of this valley continues to show itself, through the exceptional work and support of countless volunteers.”

“Thanksgiving is always a great time to reconnect with our family, friends, and community. Gathering, laughter, and reconnecting are central to this holiday, and it is difficult when we are being asked to be removed from one another during these times,” says Sharel Lund Executive Director of One22 Resource Center. “We hope that providing food to those in need will be a symbol of connection, that our valley supports you and we hope to celebrate around tables in conversation and love next year.”

RoboBroncs Winter Clothing Drive

The Jackson Hole RoboBroncs is asking you to donate your used winter gear for the families on The Wind River Reservation. You can donate hats, gloves, jackets, boots, and/or anything that is in usable condition for children and adults who do not have access to winter clothing. Last year, the JH RoboBroncs were able to collect 171 pairs of gloves, 12 pairs of boots, 55 hats, 9 face coverings/scarves, and 31 jackets. They are asking for your help again this winter. The club’s mission is to reach out to the community and surrounding communities to help in any way possible.

“We saw a need in our community to come together to fulfill the essential necessities of others.” – Brielle Griggs, Business Captain of RoboBroncs.

The Jackson RoboBroncs at their 2019 Winter Clothes Drive. Photo: Gary Duquette // JHRoboBroncs

All you have to do is drop off the clothing at the Jackson Hole High School. If you are interested in donating, please be sure to wash the clothing beforehand if possible. Anything helps!

“Due to COVID impacts, the folks on the Wind River reservation need us more than ever” – Gary Duquette, Head of RoboBroncs club.

Those with questions should contact Gary Duquette at [email protected]

Jackson Hole food resources

Jackson has many resources for those who are short on food this Thanksgiving. Whether you are away from family, quarantining with COVID, or just find yourself short on funds, the community offers resources for everyone.

Here’s a quick list of Thanksgiving meal resources in Jackson.

  • Jackson Cupboard: Please contact One22 at 739-4500 if you know a household that is still in need of a Thanksgiving dinner to cook at home. Meal kits are being distributed Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • A Teton Thanksgiving: Hole Food Rescue and One22 are excited to team together to provide meals for pick up/drive through on Thanksgiving day at the Presbyterian Church between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Many households have pre-ordered dinners, but community members are welcome to stop by if in need.
  • First Baptist Church: The Baptist Church at 90 W Kelly (corner Kelly and Cache) is providing pick up/drive-through dinners between 1 – 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving day.
  • Quarantine Cuisine: For individuals/households in quarantine, Quarantine Cuisine is continuing to provide meals. Through this weekend, there’s an option to order a Thanksgiving dinner. https://jhfinedining.com/store/index.php

A full list of food resources can be found online at jhfoodhelp.com.

Elks Lodge Thanksgiving dinner in 2016.

Wyoming Hunger Initiative

First Lady Jennie Gordon’s Wyoming Hunger Initiative and the Wyoming Governor’s Residence Foundation have allocated $50,000 to anti-hunger nonprofit organizations across Wyoming for Thanksgiving. The first lady also launched the project #ThankfulWyoming campaign this month.

Wyoming Hunger Initiative joined forces with corporate and private partners to bring funding to all 23 Wyoming counties to provide Thanksgiving meals so that no one misses this holiday.

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