Hurricane Harvey & Irma Relief Efforts

During disasters, Feeding America food banks like ours are often called upon to assist and collect funds and food to provide to affected areas.  Currently, we along with additional Feeding America food banks across the country, are encouraging the New Mexico community to help in any of the following ways:

1. The most effective way to help is to donate funds directly to any of the Feeding America food banks in the affected areas in Texas and Florida:

Texas Food Banks

Florida Food Banks

2. Donate funds to Feeding America as they coordinate and monitor disaster needs with the American Red Cross, NVOA, FEMA, and affected food banks in the area.

3. For those wishing to donate food items, below includes a list of requested items needed in the area.  Roadrunner has partnered with Bernalillo County who has set up food collection sites throughout the county for the month of September (see below).  Food donations may also be brought to Roadrunner Food Bank during business hours. Please note, our fleet doesn’t have the capacity to pick up food donations.  Please clearly mark and indicate food donations are for hurricane relief efforts.

All donated product for this effort will be held in reserve until requested by the affected food banks or Feeding America.  Any remaining items will be distributed through our statewide hunger-relief efforts.

Our staff will coordinate transportation of donated product as requested by Feeding America when and if the affected food banks call upon us.

  • Hand-held snack items such as granola bars
  • Pop-top ready-to-eat items
  • Shelf-stable pantry items such as peanut butter, tuna, and soup
  • Bottled water
  • Cleaning supplies (bleach, non-bleach, paper towels, etc.)
  • Personal hygiene items (toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc.)

Bernalillo County Food Collection Sites:

Download/print flier with list of food needs and Bernalillo County locations accepting food donations.

Outside Bernalillo County – Food Drop Locations

Food companies wishing to provide tractor-trailer load donations, should contact our Food Rescue Manager, Andy Knowlton, to coordinate full trailer loads of donated food items.

Note: Given we are an emergency food responder, we are unable to accept donations of clothing. We are also unable to accept homemade food or homemade personal hygiene items.

September is Hunger Action Month!

In New Mexico, 1 in 4 children and 1 in 6 adults struggle with hunger.  High poverty rates leave many struggling to afford all their food needs. But the good news is that a simple action by you can help educate and encourage others to learn more about hunger in our community.

This September, we invite you to join the Food Bank, together with Feeding America’s nationwide network of food banks, to take action in raising awareness about the issue of hunger in our community.

Take the Empty Plate Challenge! Share what would not be possible to do without adequate nutrition, by writing on an empty plate, “On an empty stomach I can’t ______,” and filling in the blank with something they couldn’t achieve without the nutrition we need to thrive.

Take a photo and share this unique hunger message on your personal social media sites with #HungerActionMonth. Tag us in the conversation and @FeedingAmerica too. Links to our social media sites are below.

Feel free to use this “paper” icon and make copies to post your message and photo.

Thank you for joining in the conversation!

2017 Map the Meal Gap Released

Roadrunner Food Bank of New Mexico announced the release of Map the Meal Gap 2017, the latest report by Feeding America® on hunger and the cost of food at both the county and congressional district level. Map the Meal Gap 2017 revealed that New Mexico ranks among the worst for hunger. For a second year, New Mexico ranked #2 for childhood hunger in a tie with Arkansas, at 25 percent or 1 in 4 children at-risk of hunger. Among the overall population, the state ranked #7 among all states for hunger, tied with Ohio. The report shows that 16 percent of the population in New Mexico, or 1 in 6 is at-risk of hunger.

Map the Meal Gap confirms that hunger exists in every county in Roadrunner Food Bank’s service area. Overall hunger rates range from a low of 8.4 percent in Guadalupe County up to 27.2 percent in McKinley County. Nationwide, the average for hunger across all counties is 14%.

In New Mexico, children at-risk of hunger are much worse off compared to the overall population and experience much higher rates of hunger.  The study also finds that people currently facing hunger are likely falling further behind.  Food costs and other daily expenses are increasing and wages have not kept pace. High rates of unemployment and under-employment also force many into food lines as they continue to struggle to earn enough to meet their needs.  In New Mexico, food insecure individuals now face, on average, a food budget shortfall of $16.50 per person each week, up from $16.14 last year. For a family of four, this represents an additional $66 a week or $264 a month.

For more information about Map the Meal Gap visit this link.

New Volunteer Registration Portal

For years, volunteers have been able to utilize our website to schedule their warehouse volunteer appointments through our website.  As with any technology, our needs have grown and changed. We’ve added and expanded our volunteer needs to include what is known as Skilled Based volunteer activities as well as added volunteer opportunities that may be held offsite and away from the Food Bank.

This March, volunteers will continue to sign up and register for a time and date to volunteer in the warehouse, but will also have the opportunity to view and sign up for additional volunteer possibilities.

Any previous or new Food Bank volunteer will need to create a new username and passcode to utilize the new scheduling product called “Cervis.” If you used our former scheduling service, your previous credentials will not allow you to log in to this new registration system.

  • Visit www.rrfb.org/volunteer to learn more about volunteering
  • Click here to automatically be re-directed to the volunteer login portal to create a new volunteer appointment.
  • Groups of 2-50+ should complete the group form.  Once we have confirmed availability for your requested day and time, we’ll send you a group reservation code to  pre-register each member of your group.
  • Please update any stored bookmarks on your computer to CERVIS as soon as possible.
  • To cancel or modify a volunteer appointment, please call 505.349.5358 or email givetime@rrfb.org as we transition to this new system .

In the near future, all volunteers will be asked to sign in and out of their volunteer time either through an onsite kiosk or via a website link. Signing in and out digitally will continue to help us track the wonderful service hours you are contributing to our community.

Thank you for continuing to be an important team member in our work. Your generosity makes a difference in the lives of hungry people all over our state!

If you have any questions, email givetime@rrfb.org or call 505.349.5358. Thank you also in advance for being patient with us as we learn this new system right along with you!

Donate Your Old Car and Help Feed Others

There’s a brand new way to help feed New Mexicans in need — and at the same time support Roadrunner Food Bank’s mission to solve hunger! Donate your old or used vehicle and turn it into food to feed others in your community.

We accept all types of vehicles as donations: cars, motorcycles, tractors, RVs, trailers – even boats! It doesn’t even matter whether they’re running or not. We’ll take them! Plus, you may qualify for a tax deduction on your vehicle donation.

And donating your vehicle couldn’t be easier. Simply call us at 855-500-7433 or visit us at www.rrfb.org/cars — and we take everything from there.

We’ll arrange a convenient time around your schedule to pick the vehicle up, notify you when your vehicle has been sold, and send you a formal tax receipt letter.

And in the meantime, you can rest assured your generosity has already been put to work to help feed your hungry neighbors.

Turn your old car into food for others!

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