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Monthly Archives: August 2013

Ending Hunger through Outreach

I have always loved food – growing it, cooking it, and especially eating it. In college I began volunteering at a food bank and realized that my love affair with food was largely one of privilege.  This helped me cultivate a passion for combating hunger.  As graduation inched closer I wanted to learn more about hunger. I wanted to do meaningful work regarding issues of food security, but I didn’t know how.  Then one day I came across a description for an AmeriCorps VISTA position to work with an anti-hunger nonprofit to identify barriers to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – formerly Food Stamps – and improve program access by building capacity for SNAP Outreach Program.  It was perfect and I quickly applied. Upon eagerly accepting the AmeriCorps position with Roadrunner Food Bank I moved across the county trading my beachy Virginia hometown for the beautiful mount views of landlocked Las Cruces.  I have only been with Roadrunner for six weeks, but already I have learned so much, both on and off the job.

Software Allows Food Bank to Create More Efficiencies

We did it! After 13 years, we upgraded our inventory and financial system. It was a fairly huge task that involved a lot of effort from every department at the Food Bank.  The software upgrade also had the greatest impact on Food Bank operations and unlocked years of advancements in accurately maintaining our inventory. The timing for this upgraded inventory and financial system couldn’t have arrived sooner!  With the vast increase in the volume of our food distribution over the past few months this new software was a life saver for our staff.  Our old system was so outdated and antiquated there would have been no way we could have come close to keeping up in the warehouse with receiving, inventory control, and agency food orders. The new software system, called Ceres, allows us now to track inventory by the individual pallet to a specific individual location in the warehouse. Doesn’t sound like much to non-warehouse folks, but it gives us an entirely new way of viewing our inventory and counting product.  This new look at our inventory helps us tremendously to track each and every pallet location in our 155,000 square foot warehouse  Now, counting is as straightforward as running a list and then walking to each bin location.  We can then check to see if the correct pallet is there with the correct amount of cases on it.

USDA Non-Discrimination Statement

The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.) If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866)632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture Director, Office of Adjudication 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W. Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 By fax (202)690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800)877-8339 or (800)845-6136 (Spanish) USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.    


Welcome to Roadrunner Food Bank’s website. Here you will find information that you may find helpful when using this site, Food Bank social media sites and other helpful links. If at any time you have questions, please contact us: at webmaster@rrfb.org or call 505.349.8865. Below you will find specific links when using this site and other legal information about our work. – USDA Non-Discrimination Statement

Do You Know What an Independent Charity Evaluator Is?

For a long time now if you went to our website you would see that we proudly display the emblem that shows we have received a four-star rating, the highest, from Charity Navigator.  A few months ago Roadrunner Food Bank received the much-coveted accreditation from the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance. What exactly are sites like Charity Navigator and the BBB Wise Giving Alliance?  They, as well as several other sites, are independent charity evaluators that seek to provide donors with a means for determining the worthiness of non-profits they are considering supporting.  They typically cull data from things that are publicly available like our IRS 990 Form, annual reports, audited financial statements and website content.  By looking at things like our accountability, transparency, Board governance and programs, they distill a lot of complex information into a simple ranking system, like one to four stars, or a bronze, silver, platinum rating.

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