One 22 secures $750K

One22 has secured $750,000 for the next three years, stemming from a Nunn and Friends Challenge that asked the nonprofit to raise $125,000 in three annual pledges for three $125,000 matches.

“Meeting this challenge goal provides long-term sustainability for One22 Resource Center,” Executive Director Sharel Lund said in a statement.

The challenge started with 10 people — Carole and Jack Nunn, Jan and Bob Hartman, Margot Snowdon and Yves Desgouttes, Patty and Dick Jaquith and Gloria and Bill Newton — who together offered to pay $125,000 a year for three years should a $125,000 annual gift be secured for three years.

Eighteen donors agreed to the pledge, helping the nonprofit, which is now going by One22 Resource Center, secure the sizable matches.

“For many of our neighbors, need knows no season,” board co-chairwoman Snowdon said in a statement, “and this challenge grant will allow us to continue providing critical resources to those in times of need.”

Free ACT prep offered at library

High schoolers, sharpen your pencils. Teton County Library is offering a no-cost, six-week ACT preparation course from Aug. 3 to Sept. 7.

The class is facilitated by Jackson Hole Tutoring. Registration is required, and space is limited. To sign up and find other college prep resources, visit TCLib.org/collegeprep.

The college prep program is free and open to the community with support from donations to the Teton County Library Foundation and Friends.

School and library serve free lunches

Teton County School District No. 1 is distributing free meals at Colter Elementary School and Teton County Library this summer for kids up to the age of 18.

Kids can eat breakfast from 8 to 9 a.m. at Colter and lunch from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the school or the library. There are no restrictions on which children can come in for a meal.

“It doesn’t matter if they are home-schooled or go to school in Texas,” Food and Nutrition Director Wes Clarke said.

Reimbursements from the Department of Agriculture fund the program. Clarke encouraged anyone with children to send them over for the meals. The program becomes more sustainable if more kids are in it, he said, so even those who don’t feel their kids need a free meal should still send them.

At the library, kids can grab a sack lunch for on-the-go days, and at Colter the sit-down fare sounds pretty tasty. Tuesday’s menu offered teriyaki chicken and brown rice, and cheeseburgers are on Wednesday’s menu.

Adults are welcome to eat with their kids, and they can choose to leave a donation or eat for free. However, not just any adult can waltz in off the street, they must come in with their children.

Nutrition program aids families

A nutrition program that helps low-income mothers with young children has updated its income guidelines.

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, better known as WIC, provides food, education and health care referrals for young families.

Those who already receive benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program or Medicaid also qualify for WIC.

Founded in 1972, WIC “focuses on the link between good nutrition and good health.”

Unlike with some other assistance programs, women must find their local clinic and apply for the benefits.

The Teton County WIC office is at 460 E. Pearl Ave., Suite 3. It is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

The program offers supplemental food packages as well as financial assistance for some families. WIC benefits can be used at Albertsons and Smith’s, according to the WIC website.

These are the new income requirements:

• One-person family: $23,107 a year or $1,926 a month

• Two-person family: $31,284 a year or $2,607 a month

•Three-person family: $39,461 a year or $3,289 a month

• Four-person family: $47,638 a year or $3,970 a month

• Five-person family: $55,815 a year or $4,652 a month

For families with more children, the maximum income increases by $8,177 per child.

For information see the WIC website.

— Melissa Cassutt, Leonor Grave

and Tom Hallberg

 

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