JACKSON, Wyo. — One22 Resource Center today announced it will take over operations of the Jackson Cupboard, the valley’s longest-serving food service organization.
Organizers say Jackson Cupboard will add to the array of resources One22 brings to the Greater Teton community, including language access, financial navigation, youth activity scholarships and financial assistance.
“In my years working for One22 Resource Center and the Jackson Cupboard, I have had countless moments of gratitude serving individuals and families in need in our community,” said Amy Brooks. “This merger is a great opportunity for One22 to expand its role as a resource center while continuing the legacy of the Jackson Cupboard.”
The Cupboard began in 2001 as an Eagle Scout project with Eagle Scout Willi Brooks and fellow Scouts James Brooks, Thomas and Robert Watsabaugh, Levi Heath, Alexander Lopez, John Wallace, and others. The Scouts transformed the basement space of St. John’s Episcopal Church into a grocery store to serve community members facing food insecurity.
Led by a dedicated volunteer force and its board of directors, the Jackson Cupboard experienced steady growth during its first few years of operation.
Founding board members Steve Gieck, Jett Thompson, Paul Vogelheim, Amy Brooks, and others started the nonprofit to address food insecurity. Board members who assisted with the transition included Mike Randall, Cathy Poindexter, Leslye Hardie, Jim Ryan, Paul Vogelheim, Evan Molyneaux, Ian Johnston, Shirley Craighead, Shelley Rae Balls, and Amy Brooks.
Through the 2008 recession, the Jackson Cupboard saw a surge in community need, and since then has seen a steady demand for grocery store needs in the community. In recent months, the Cupboard has increased its operations to support those affected by loss of work due to the pandemic.
Food insecurity continues to rise in Teton County, with three out of ten people struggling with hunger. Of more than 1,500 people who received housing assistance from One22, only 26% reported accessing local food resources via Hole Food Rescue, Jackson Cupboard, or Teton County School District.
“We trust that people know what they need to get by but we want to be sure our community knows how to access this assistance,” said One22 Resource Center executive director Sharel Lund. “Organizations working to address food insecurity have honed their focus to getting the word out about these resources.”