These items are not brought to the front of the pantry due to space restrictions; however, we can give them out upon request. Just let the staff/volunteers at the pantry counter know what you are looking for.
The items on the front-facing pantry shelf and in the pantry refrigerators/freezers are what is available each day. These items are brought to the front from storage as we have enough available. If you don't see it, chances are we aren't giving it out that day. Staff/volunteers cannot retrieve specific food items.
Link2Feed is a database built for food banks and pantries to help keep track of pantry visits. This data is used to help us improve our program and apply for funding to purchase food. Your information is protected by security protocols like those used by banks when stored in the Link2Feed database. You do not need to bring any documentation to access the pantry. All household accessing the pantry will be required to complete a Link2Feed intake form before receiving pantry items.
When you arrive at Laramie Interfaith, we will request that you fill out an application. We work hard with our partners to reduce and remove barriers as well as limit the information we gather. But, please understand there are requirements we cannot control.
Link 2 Feed - Our Food Pantry Application does not require any documentation. You will be required to fill in your household information. This information is gathered by our partners at the Food Bank of Wyoming and helps us understand the needs in our community so that we can improve our services. This information is private and information you provide is only shared with the Food Bank of Wyoming.
HMIS - Our application for rental and utility assistance does require more information. You will need to bring documentation of any source of income and savings. In addition, we are required to keep copies of your lease, bills from the utility company, and any notice of disconnect or eviction (notice to quit).
Anyone can access the pantry. You do not need to be an Albany County resident and there are no income restrictions for the main pantry. The TEFAP program is income restricted – see the TEFAP FAQ below to learn more.
You may show up on the day of TEFAP distribution and receive food without signing up beforehand. Individuals and households that have not visited the pantry before will be asked to fill out the Link2Feed intake form before receiving TEFAP items.
On the distribution day, we will have premade packages/bags of TEFAP food set up in our parking lot. Please stay in your vehicle and staff/volunteers will sign you in and load the food into your vehicle.
TEFAP, or The Emergency Food Assistance Program, is a federal program that provides food to low-income households. Interfaith, through its partnership with Wyoming Food Bank, acts as a distribution center for these items.
Interfaith typically distributes TEFAP items on the 3rd Tuesday and last Thursday of each month. These dates are subject to change due to delivery issues, however, so please check our website and social media for updates.
The best way to support the pantry is through monetary donations. Interfaith can stretch each dollar donated to us through our partnerships with Wyoming Food Bank and local grocery stores, allowing us to be as efficient as possible with our funds.
In general, we are always low on the following items: · Canned meat · Canned fruit · Easy-to-make meals (Hamburger Helper, Rice-A-Roni, etc.) · Spices · Condiments
· Unopened shelf-stable food · Unopened refrigerated/frozen packaged food · Fresh, uncut produce in good condition (no mold, rot, etc.) · Meat that has been processed by a USDA certified facility · Unexpired infant formula and baby food · Dog and cat food
We ask that you bring your donation during the pantry’s hours of operation: Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. If you need assistance bringing your donation into the pantry, staff/volunteers will be happy to assist you. Please do not leave donations outside.
To receive assistance with any of these, you will need to speak to one of our Case Managers. To make an appointment, you can stop by during walk-in hours or call (307) 742-4240. Due to high call volume, please leave a voicemail and our Case Managers will get back to you as soon as possible. Calls without voicemails will not be returned.
All volunteers will need to fill out the volunteer application form. Once you submit the form, a staff member will reach out to set up an initial training. During that training, you will also create an account with our volunteer management software, which will allow you to schedule yourself for volunteer shifts.
Volunteers must be at least 14 years old to sign up for a shift without a parent/guardian, provided they have a parent/guardian sign a release form. Volunteers under age 14 may still volunteer but their parent/guardian must be present at Interfaith with them. Ultimately, volunteers must be able to complete the tasks asked of them and may be asked to leave if caring for their child becomes a distraction.
Yes! Those needing to complete community service hours with fill out the same volunteer application as typical volunteers. Community service volunteers are expected to keep track of their own hours sheet, and Interfaith staff will not store those records for volunteers. Please note that if you have been convicted of a crime against a child, domestic violence, or a sexual offense, you may not volunteer with Interfaith.
Volunteers mainly assist in running our pantry. This consists of checking in visitors to the pantry, distributing food, and organizing/cleaning the pantry. Volunteers may also assist with data entry, filing, and other office work. If you have a specific skill that you would like to volunteer, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to see if we have an opportunity!