Monthly Archives: October 2013
Working at Roadrunner Food Bank gives me the opportunity to see multiple acts of kindness every day. For example, this past Friday and Saturday we welcomed 600 volunteers over two days for Make a Difference Day. We had people not only repacking rice, beans and cereal, but also doing things like cleaning our trucks and raking up fall leaves in our parking lot. Everyone was industrious, cheerful and willing to roll up their sleeves for us. This is an annual, city-wide event that is a big deal for us each year because we rely on volunteers to make our work possible. (picture of volunteers repacking bulk items at the Food Bank)
The other day I was thinking, “How can my family or others help give back to the community or maybe collect food?” Well, come to find out there are so many ways to help give back. Here’s an example of how one family is giving back this Halloween. Let me introduce you to The Worrell Family. Each year they spend days and days as well as uncounted hours getting their house just perfect for some Halloween fun. Yup, they love to celebrate Halloween and host a “fright night” on All Hallows Eve. One unique twist to their annual fright night this year is asking trick or treaters to bring food as a donation for Roadrunner Food Bank.
Last year, was a record year of service thanks to an army of people in our community that give us a precious gift…time. More than 12,200 people volunteered in our warehouse at least once (some two or three times a week) to help us prep food for distribution. Other volunteers helped us in community based activities such as executing our Hunger Study, educating people about SNAP (food stamp benefits) and many other duties that help us in our work. The 12,200 volunteers also contributed a record number of service hours to the Food Bank last year totaling more than 85,000 volunteer hours! We are honored and grateful for every volunteer, and every minute of service provided. Volunteers are the reason we are able to distribute almost 100,000 pounds of food a day, and why we were able to distribute a record number of pounds…26.6 million last year. As volunteers, you are a tremendous resource and there is no way we could distribute the volumes of food our hungry neighbors rely on every day without your gift of service.
You can play an important role in solving hunger by hosting an Online Food & Fund Drive. During the holiday season we invite the community to get involved by helping us raise awareness and take action to solve hunger in New Mexico. The outpouring of support brings the necessary donations of food and money as well as hope to tens of thousands of people in need of food assistance. It’s that time of year again, when we ask YOU to get involved, take action, and feed hungry people. Be a part of the solution to ending hunger this holiday season by hosting an Online Holiday Food & Fund Drive. The new website is a fun and interactive opportunity for groups of any size or individuals with a passion for ending hunger to raise funds to buy food.
Roadrunner just wouldn’t exist without our dozens of food industry donors. Day after day they donate food that they can’t sell for a variety of reasons. Over the course of the year it adds up to more than 20 million pounds of food that doesn’t end up in the landfill. That’s really good for the environment. And, more important, that food feeds some of New Mexico’s thousands of hungry people. Last week we threw a party in our warehouse to say a heartfelt public thank you to the businesses that have helped us fulfill our mission for nearly 34 years. We were truly honored that Governor Susana Martinez took time from her very busy schedule to come to the food bank to help us show our appreciation to our food donors. Governor Susana Martinez pictured with Dr. Eugene Sun, the Food Bank’s Board Chairman and Melody Wattenbarger, President and CEO of the Food Bank The Governor spoke to the donors about the hunger she had seen among children in her previous work as a prosecutor. She said that childhood hunger was something that she saw every day. She spoke about the toll that hunger takes on the most vulnerable of our citizens. And she spoke eloquently about our moral imperative to do something about this issue and to raise New Mexico’s standing from worst in the country for childhood hunger.