Wyoming County Food Pantry Partnership Provides Nutrition and Inspiration Through Poultry Project

Wyoming County Food Pantry Partnership Provides Nutrition and Inspiration Through Poultry Project


Wyoming County, it has steep mountainside hillside terrain. Most of the people down here don’t have a lot of land or if they do
have land, it’s not really necessarily suitable for a lot of maybe livestock
production or even crop production. That’s why the food bank is so
high. There are 600 people currently receiving food every single month, so it
was really important to get them involved in something that they thought
they would be responsible for everyday and they would be happy about every day. Something that they thought they could take care of. We are, of course, operating a
food pantry which sees a lot of people and we notice that every month the same people keep coming back. We need to come up with a way to partner with them, they become a little bit more independent and be able to take care of
some of their own food needs. So this project that we came up with first was
of course working with Gardens and then we took the next step which was growing
your own chickens in your backyard. This project is really no different than
many projects we do throughout the state, just helping people with small-scale
poultry production. The main difference was that these folks were
starting from scratch so it necessitated us to help them with building plans for
an actual mobile chicken coop. The first goal is obviously eggs.
The second goal and equally as important is to kind of get folks
involved so they can begin to see that there are things they can do. I’ve worked
really hard all of my life. They made me quit work, I didn’t choose
to quit work. And this gives me the drive and the desire to get up each day. Right
now I’m getting between 40 and 50 eggs a day and what I don’t use I give away. I
donate them to the food pantry and to the senior citizens around where I live. I guess you’d call it therapy. I don’t know what you’d call it but it does me
real good.

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