Monthly Archives: June 2014
Imagine that you are a single mom of two and also care for your young niece. You had a job, but have recently been laid off. You are falling behind on your electric bill, and your natural gas has already been shut off. You don’t have much gasoline left in your car. You’re left with just a few boxes of cereal, a pound of hamburger, and some condiments – aside from that, your refrigerator and pantry are bare. That is the situation that Denise found herself facing. I’ve been an employee of the Food Bank for about six weeks now, and just yesterday had the opportunity to attend my first food box distribution. In Albuquerque’s South Valley, The Holy Family Parish is one of our largest partner agencies and gives food to hungry families through a twice-weekly on-site pantry and a monthly Mobile Food Pantry. At yesterday’s Mobile distribution, I accompanied three of our AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteers and three members of Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham’s staff to help with our SNAP Outreach program.
You might ask yourself what Breaking Bad, ballooning and baseball could possibly have in common. Well, they are all part of the story of how prepared food rescue is feeding the hungry in Albuquerque. While filming the television series Breaking Bad in Albuquerque, actor Bryan Cranston approached Mayor Richard Berry about the idea of rescuing leftover food items from the on-set catering to feed New Mexico’s hungry. Mayor Berry and Ann Lerner of the City of Albuquerque’s Film Office loved the idea! However, because the show was nearing the end of shooting, food from Breaking Bad was never rescued – but the concept had taken hold!
Like we needed another reason to love Chili’s® Grill and Bar – from June 16-19, all Chili’s locations in New Mexico will donate 15% of their net sales to Roadrunner Food Bank as part of their Chili’s Give Back Days for Hunger. You can enjoy sizzling fajitas and a sweet dessert knowing that you’re indulging for a good cause! It’s easy to participate – all you have to do is show up and bring your appetite. Be sure to mention that you are there as part of Chili’s Give Back Days for Hunger. You can either bring in THIS FLIER or mention the Food Bank to your server – the restaurants will take care of the rest. You’ll leave with a full stomach and a light heart.
As you are all aware, Roadrunner Food Bank has developed a new strategic direction: FEED, SEED, and LEAD. A key part of the new direction is to feed more households effectively and with a greater impact on overall food insecurity. We have looked at our programs and evaluated whether they fit with our strategy and, if not, what we could do to align them. We spent countless hours evaluating our Food for Kids (FFK) program and decided that after 15 years, it was time to evolve. After hearing multiple reports from our FFK coordinators about entire families sharing the backpack and examining best practices of sister food banks across the nation, we have decided that the best way to feed a hungry child is to feed a hungry family. Thus, the FFK program has evolved into our Childhood Hunger Initiative (CHI).