Monthly Archives: April 2014
For the fourth year in a row, Feeding America has released Map the Meal Gap to show the extent of hunger nationally and at the state and community level. Once again, New Mexico is number one in the nation for childhood food insecurity and tied for fourth nationally for the overall rate of food insecurity. “We’re number one” has never had more tragic implications. But this study provides us with information that can help us change our standings in the national ranking and improve the future for New Mexico children. So what is the Map the Meal Gap, and how can you use it to address the need in your community?
Mark May 6 on your calendar! As a way to commemorate 100 years of community foundations and to celebrate giving, hundreds of non-profits are joining together encouraging our New Mexico community to give a gift on the same day…May 6. To make this day a success, we need your help. Please give and help spread the about giving to your networks on social media, email, your website, or texting 10 friends to join you in this special day of giving. Every invitation you make helps spread the word and encourages philanthropy in our community.
As Volunteer Appreciation Week approaches, I am tasked with finding an appropriate, meaningful and truly heartfelt way of expressing thanks to our volunteers. Each year I spend countless hours trying to come up with the exact, right words or gift or event that will convey exactly how much their service has meant, how it already has and will continue to change lives. And each year I fear that I fall short of my own expectations and that we will not be able to convey to our volunteers the impact of their service. The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings. ~Eric Hoffer I recently came across this quote and it resonated with me on many levels. The more I thought about it the more I wanted to center this around it because Roadrunner is truly blessed to have each and every one of our volunteers.
He had told me his name was Tomas.* He said he wanted more information about food stamps. I got his name down, but the rest was hard. He started repeating his name, address, and phone number in a quick succession. His voice was gravelly and his words were slurred. I tried my best, but I couldn’t understand him at all. Later, I found out about his head injury. I was at a food pantry helping people sign up for SNAP benefits like I’ve done so many times in the past year. I’ve spoken to all kinds of people in all kinds of situations. I’ve helped folks fill out the form in Spanish even though my Spanish is very poor. I’ve gone over the application process sitting on park benches, in the rain, in the hot summer sun, in the winter with snow falling, and, sometimes, in a nice air conditioned office. I couldn’t recall ever having this much difficulty understanding someone. His repetition was not helping. Finally, a man we’ll call Jack stepped in.