Coke Caravan & Walmart Collecting Food

This holiday season enjoy the Coca-Cola Caravan coming to town and help the Food Bank at the same time.  Through December 21, Coke and Walmart are helping hunger-relief organizations in two ways.

Shoppers and the community are encouraged to bring donations of non-perishable food at participating Walmart stores through Dec. 21.  Look for the Coca-Cola in-store display.  You’ll find a red collection barrel as part of the display to place food donations.

The Coca-Cola Caravan is also coming to town.  The caravan will visit ten locations in Albuquerque and Santa Fe the week of Dec. 15 encouraging food donations.  During the caravan stops, Coca-Cola staff will ask customers to take a FREE picture with Santa or the Coca-Cola bear.  A list of locations and times to catch the caravan is below.

Dec. 17         Walmart at 8511 Golf Course Rd NW                   2-5 pm

Dec. 17         Walmart at 9600 Sage Rd NW                            7-10 pm

Dec. 18         Walmart at 400 Eubank Blvd NE                         2-5 pm

Dec. 18         Walmart at 2266 Wyoming Blvd NE                     7-10 pm

Dec. 20         Walmart at 901 Unser Blvd in Rio Rancho             2-5 pm

Dec. 20         Walmart at 5801 Herrera Drive in Santa Fe           7-10 pm

Dec. 21         Walmart at 2550 Coors Blvd NW                         2-5 pm

Dec. 21         Walmart at 3500 Coors Blvd NW                         7-10 pm

The Coca-Cola caravan will also visit two of the Food Bank’s Mobile Food Pantry distribution sites on Dec. 19 to bring some holiday cheer to hungry families.  Families at the food distribution have the opportunity to take a photo with Santa or the Coca-Cola Polar Bear to take home and enjoy as a gift from Coca-Cola.

To download and share the flier about the Coca-Cola Caravan stops click here. Happy Holidays!

Sharing the Joys of the Season

During this holiday season, we need your help on behalf of our hungry neighbors struggling to get by.  Your gift will help provide nutritious food to families throughout New Mexico, so that they will have a reason to celebrate.

Hunger is closer than you think.  Right now, one in five of our neighbors struggle with hunger.  Please give today and make a difference in the lives of our neighbors in need.

Meet ten-year-old McKenna. Her teacher told us, “McKenna has many family members. There are seven children and her mom and dad.  There are times there isn’t any milk or other food in the home.  It makes me so glad to know that family’s like hers benefit from the monthly Mobile Food Pantry that Roadrunner Food Bank brings to our school every month.  It ensures all their children have a consistent source of meals.”

Her teacher continued, “After her family started receiving food from the monthly mobile food pantry, McKenna said to me, ‘I love the milk we get from the Food Bank, it tastes real good cold.’”

Our deepest thanks for all you have done to feed our hungry neighbors in 2014.  We are truly grateful to consider you part of our Food Bank family.

Wishing you and your loved ones a holiday season filled with love and laughter.

Click here to give.

Bank of America Give-A-Meal Program

No one should have to face hunger, but for many families in New Mexico, hunger is a reality. Your donation can change the story for hungry people across New Mexico and right now your gift has tremendous impact thanks to Bank of America.

Through December 31st, for every $1 given by donors, Bank of America will donate $2 more.  To receive the match, donors can give here. Keep your gift local by entering your zip code and select “Your Local Food Bank” to direct your gift to Roadrunner Food Bank.

Your support helps people like Dennis. At one of our Mobile Food Pantries, Dennis wanted to write something for Roadrunner. Dennis has experienced hunger for two years. He expressed his gratitude in this poem to us:

 

“I went to the wonderful Roadrunner Delivery today.

Dragging my rolling suitcase along my merry way.

There was over 100 people there that I could see,

And I volunteered, which was great for me.

 

Suddenly 18 to 20 kids did appear

And at each table, stood to the rear.

All in pilgrims hats and handing out food.

Each one with a smile and not one was rude.

 

Every month this food bank is always open,

And like most of you, I am always hopin’,

To be in a better place to help myself,

And buy my own food to stock my shelf.

 

Until then I will run down the road,

And thank Roadrunner for lightening the load.

On my fixed income I am mostly poor,

But I am not ever hungry. Not anymore.” 

 

For more information, call 505.349.8909. Thank you for your generosity this holiday season!

Souper Bowl 2015 – Jan. 24th

Every January, our popular Souper Bowl is held the weekend prior to the NFL’s Super Bowl.  Rather than a football event, this is a soup and dessert sampling event featuring more than 40 restaurants and chefs.  In addition to featuring great food, guests enjoy live music,  a silent auction, have the ability to purchase commemorative cookbooks and much more! Attendees also participate in our People’s Choice voting and vote for their favorite soup, vegetarian soup, dessert and booth.

The 2015 event will take place on Sat., Jan 24 at the Food Bank’s Albuquerque Branch.  Souper Bowl hours are from 11 am to 2 pm.  Tickets are $40 for adults and $10 for children.

To buy early-bird tickets:

  • Purchase tickets online by clicking here.
  • Call 505.349.8921.  Tickets can purchased over the phone and will be mailed to the ticket buyer.  A one-time $2.00 handling fee will be added to phone purchases.

Online ticket sales end on Wednesday, January 21st, 2015.  Any tickets purchased after Sunday, January 18 will be held at Will Call. Tickets prices the day of the event are $45 at the door.

The 2014 Souper Bowl was named as the Weekly Alibi’s Best of Burque in the category of charity events.

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Updated Study Reflects Rise in Hunger in New Mexico

For the second year in a row, New Mexico ranks #1 for childhood hunger.  The 2014 release of Map the Meal Gap shows the childhood hunger rate in New Mexico is 29.2% with one in three children growing up hungry. The report shows that more than 150,000 New Mexico children are at risk of hunger.

Melody Wattenbarger, president and CEO of Roadrunner Food Bank said, “This should be a wakeup call for everyone in our state. Until we make sure that our children aren’t going to school hungry, we won’t be able to solve any of the other problems we have. If you look at indicators like our children’s abysmal test scores, health, graduation rates and future wages, childhood hunger underpins them all. Agencies like ours can’t address this issue alone. It’s a statewide problem.  It needs a statewide response.”

Over the past four years, Roadrunner Food Bank’s national organization, Feeding America, has released the annual study to measure hunger and the gap of meals by state and county.

New Mexico is fourth in overall hunger among states, tied with Alabama and North Carolina. 18.6% of people in New Mexico are at risk of experiencing hunger in New Mexico overall.   Nationwide, the hunger rate is 15.9%.

The annual Map the Meal Gap report also estimates the meal gap by state and county and the food budget shortfall for low-income households.  In 2014, the report showed New Mexico’s meal gap is 67,795,200 translating into a food budget shortfall of $175,675,500.  The average cost per meal in New Mexico is $2.59 according to the report.

The top five New Mexico counties with the highest rates of hunger overall and for children are below.  Luna County ranked as the hungriest county in New Mexico for both children and the overall population:

Children

Luna – 39.7%

Taos – 32.6%

Cibola – 32.4%

McKinley – 32.2%

Overall Population

Luna – 22.9%

McKinley – 22.2%

Cibola – 18.3%

Sierra – 18%

Roosevelt and San Juan – 17.7%

To Map the Meal Gap in any New Mexico County, visit www.feedingamerica.org/mapthegap.

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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