Stamp Out Hunger 2015, Saturday May 9th!

In less than a month on Saturday, May 9th, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) joins Roadrunner Food Bank to help Stamp Out Hunger in Albuquerque. Now in its 23rd year, the annual food drive has grown to the largest single-day food drive in the United States, providing food assistance to millions of Americans struggling to put food on the table.

Food collected in Albuquerque during the Stamp Out Hunger benefits Roadrunner Food Bank, the local member of Feeding America. Last year, the food drive raised 96,660 pounds of food in the Albuquerque area. More than ten thousand communities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Island and Guam participate in the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive.

Your donation can help feed hungry children through the hungriest time of the year: the summer. 3 out of 10 children in New Mexico don’t know where their next meal comes from, and especially when school breakfasts and lunches stop at the end of the school year.

Letter carriers will distribute post cards in mailboxes encouraging the community to participate in the Stamp Out Hunger food drive the week of May 4th.  To participate in the Stamp Out Hunger food drive:

  1. Fill sturdy bags or boxes with non-perishable food.
  2. Leave the bag or boxes near your mailbox or bring to a post office near you.
  3. Ask others to participate.

Types of non-perishable food items to donate include canned soup, canned fruits, vegetables, peanut butter, pasta, rice, boxed meals or cereal, etc. Click here for a complete list.

Volunteers are also needed to help unload and sort food at 11 post offices in Albuquerque.  To volunteer, email candace.baca@rrfb.org or call 505.247.2052. Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you on May 9th!

 

 

 

Feed a Hungry Child like Alejandro

Our Backpack Program fed thousands of hungry children, but sadly it wasn’t enough.

The backpack held enough food to help feed one child over a weekend, but what we found was that other children in the family were also relying on the food so they would have something to eat. We heard comments like this from so many…

“Thank you for this food. I am very proud to provide for my brother and sister. If it weren’t for the backpack, we’d all go hungry,” said Alejandro. “I give the cereal and applesauce to my little sister, the can of beef stew and a juice box to my brother, and I keep the pudding cup, granola bar and milk box.”

We knew we had to find ways to do even more —new and innovative solutions. With your support, we are doing just that.  Our Childhood Hunger Initiative feeds a hungry child by feeding the entire hungry family. The program provides a combination of Food Bank hunger programs to qualifying schools.

In a state that continues to rank at the top for childhood hunger, a gift today will help so many hungry children like Alejandro.  Please consider a gift today!

Fight Hunger, Spark Change Nationwide-Kicks Off April 6!

You can help “Fight Hunger, Spark Change,” as Walmart hopes to donate 75 million meals to hungry people nationwide by May 3rd. As a New Mexico partner in this campaign, you can make a difference at Walmarts across the state and country in three easy ways:

  1. Walmart customers can donate at store registers in increments of $2, $5,and $10;
  2. Walmart customers can buy participating food items with the “Fight Hunger, Spark Change” brand. For each item purchased, one meal will be donated to Feeding America and in turn to us;
  3. The greater community can share photos on social media (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) of six people. Tag your photo with #wesparkchange and Walmart will donate $10 to Feeding America and its member food banks.

Let’s not waste this opportunity to make a difference in New Mexico and across the country! Thank you for fighting hunger!

Help Us Reach 1,000 Members!

No matter the time of year, we always welcome new members of the Roadrunner Club! Now, you may be asking, “What is the Roadrunner Club?”

As a way to sustain our mission in solving hunger, monthly giving can make the difference between hundreds and thousands of meals we can distribute weekly.

Ten dollars a month can make such an impact for hungry people! Even at $20 a month, you can help us provide 100 meals somewhere in New Mexico.  Our goal is to reach 1,000 members in the next couple months.

To join the Roadrunner Club, visit our Roadrunner Club giving link here, or call us at 505.349.8909. Thank you for your support!

Reduce Medication Costs & Help Hungry New Mexicans!

The Kaiser Family Foundation reports that one in four U.S. adults don’t fill their prescriptions due to cost.  Our own Hunger in America study shows that roughly 60% of hungry homes are making tough choices and unable to afford both food and medical care at the same time. For that reason, the Food Bank and Watertree Health partnered to bring a FREE prescription drug discount program to anyone in New Mexico.  Hungry families are able to use the FREE discount service and you are too!

The FREE prescription drug discount program is available to anyone of any income and regardless of existing prescription drug coverage. The entire purpose of the program is to save both our hungry neighbors and our supporters expenses when filling prescriptions and medications.  Every time your use this discount card, you will receive a discount on prescriptions, and at the same time a donation is made on your behalf to the Food Bank by our partner Watertree Health.

Since starting the partnership, the program has helped the Food Bank provide 16,000 additional meals to hungry New Mexicans. Every time you use the discount card, it saves you money and helps the Food Bank secure more meals for our hungry neighbors.

The card is accepted at nearly every pharmacy. The card is available to everyone and saves cardholders an average of 46%, or about $364 every year on medications. To receive your FREE discount prescription drug card:

  • Text FEEDNM to 95577.  You will receive a text message with a picture of the card.  Save it to your phone’s photos to use next time you need to fill a prescription;
  • Click here and print out the card to place in your wallet, or;
  • Pick up the FREE card at the Food Bank during business hours.

To learn more about how the program works, click here. Thank you and all together, we can make a healthier, more nourished, and stronger New Mexico!

 

Food Rescue – Keeping Food Out of Landfills

Many of us feel terribly guilty when we have to throw food away, and Americans toss a lot of food annually. The Environmental Protection Agency reported that in 2010 Americans threw away about 33 million tons of food.

But at Roadrunner Food Bank, we and our food industry partners have been rescuing food in Albuquerque and New Mexico for more than 30 years. What does that mean, food rescue? Food rescue is defined as, “the practice of safely retrieving edible food that would otherwise go to waste, and distributing it to those in need. The recovered food is edible, but often not saleable. Products that are past their sell by dates or are imperfect in any way are able to be donated by food industry donors.”

Roadrunner Food Bank’s Food Rescue program picks up unprepared foods weekly at 100 different locations. Food that is picked up as part of the Food Rescue Program includes items such as bakery items, meat, dairy, produce, canned goods and dry goods.

And volunteers are key to executing a successful food rescue program. Once the food arrives at the Food Bank, volunteers sort, label, box or repack food items allowing us to more quickly process and distribute food to partner agencies and through our direct service programs.

Last year, we rescued 19.7 million pounds of food.    We kept it out of landfills and placed it in the hands of the nearly 40,000 people we help every week.

Recently Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and the USDA will begin placing an emphasis on food rescue and encouraging Americans to participate.

Learn more about our Food Rescue Program here and see the top food industry donors participating in our Food Rescue Program.

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