Monthly Archives: July 2014
Sometimes all the pieces fall in place when you try to do something that will help people. Roadrunner Food Bank had considered putting together a small, community garden pilot project for a few years. We thought the best approach was to find a food pantry with the ability to plant a garden. Produce grown on site could be given out to clients attending the regular food pantry distribution. As great as this sounded, we knew that this would simply supplement the regular food boxes. The clients would get some wonderful locally grown vegetables, but not much else.
Summer is fun for children, except when they’re hungry. Hungry children in New Mexico worry about when they’ll get their next meal. They don’t know what it is like to get a full plate of food and feel satisfied after a meal. In our state, nearly 30% of our children are at-risk of hunger. In fact, New Mexico has the highest rate of childhood hunger according to the 2014 Map the Meal Gap study by Feeding America. With your help and generosity, the Food Bank is working very hard to help more children and their families. Meet Alissa and her mom, Carmen. Together they visit local food pantries where they receive dairy, pasta, chicken, bread, and cereal as well as fresh fruits and vegetables. Alissa wrote to us about the food she receives. She said, “My family REALLY needs this food.” With your generosity, we are able to supply 500 organizations throughout the state with groceries, staples and fresh produce. Help make summer fun again for hungry children like Alissa. To give and help fill empty plates, CLICK HERE.
The cherry and apricot trees in La Luz, N.M., were still loaded with fruit when a group of U.S. Forest Service employees joined forces with Roadrunner Food Bank and La Montanita Co-op last week to glean fresh, healthy produce for people in need. Our hosts at the Nichols Ranch and Orchard gave us the opportunity to pick 1,000 pounds of cherries and apricots as part of the Feds Feed Families campaign, a national initiative to help food banks and pantries stay stocked during the summer months when they traditionally see a decrease in donations and an increase in need.
This summer, staff of the Food Bank have been attending The Peak’s Free Summer Fun Roadshow event as part of a joint effort to raise food and awareness around the issue of hunger. The Peak has provided their Free Summer Fun Roadshow events along with each site for FREE and asked that attendees bring in non-perishable food donations for the Food Bank. It is an easy way to give, address the growing hunger situation in our state, and enjoy some fun at the same time.