WPR News
5:11 am
Thu June 1, 2006

Wyoming's Wealth Doesn't Reach Everyone

Laramie, Wy – Despite a booming economy and a low
unemployment rate, people still go hungry in Wyoming.
That's why a coalition of government officials, hunger-relief agencies and faith-based organizations gathered Wednesday on the steps of the Capitol in Cheyenne.
Diane DeLozier is director of the Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies. She says some 53-thousand people in Wyoming live at or near the poverty level in Wyoming -- that's about ten percent of the state's population.
Governor Dave Freudenthal says the state's strong economy can sometimes mask problems like poverty and hunger.
National Hunger Awareness Day is next Tuesday, June sixth.