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Monthly Archives: May 2019

All Kids Deserve a Hunger Free Summer

School’s out. Children are starting their summer vacation and looking forward to all the fun days ahead. For most kids, it’s an exciting, exhilarating, electric time of year. But for others, it’s a time of anxiety, worry and uncertainty. While some kids daydream about trips to the pool and neighborhood games,  others wonder if this summer will be like the last — a time with no food in the fridge. Instead of getting skinned knees and building forts, kids and their families struggling with hunger worry about their next meal. You can help get hunger off a kid’s mind with a gift today. Together, we can free kids in our community of  grown-up worries. We can help kids just be kids all summer long and “fuel” their fun with food. To make a contribution visit this link.

Looking to Volunteer This Summer?

The Corporation for National and Community Service report that people who volunteer regularly have less stress, stay active and engaged, and have lower risks of depression. It’s one of many reasons we invite you to join us this summer and volunteer. Plus, you’ll meet others while lending a helping hand. Volunteers help with: Sorting, repacking and prepping food for delivery to communities across the state Assisting clients at food distributions Assisting clients in person and on the phone to apply for benefits like SNAP Performing administrative tasks This summer sign up to help and dedicate a few hours every week by volunteering.  It’s easy to register online. Your gift of time truly helps provide food to low-income families in need. Warehouse Volunteers Volunteers perform tasks that are often physically demanding.  Tasks involve lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, bending and reaching.  Wear jeans, tennis shoes and t-shirts  for this type of volunteer work. Closed toed shoes are required to help inside the warehouse. Warehouse volunteer hours: Monday’s: 9 am to 1 pm Tuesday’s-Friday’s: 9 am to 4 pm Saturday’s: 8 am to 2 pm Individual volunteers may register online.  Groups with two or more in the volunteer party should complete this online form or call 505.349.5358 to set up a day and time. Volunteers can sign up to help out for one shift/day or multiple shifts/days. Non-Warehouse Volunteers Roadrunner Food Bank also seeks volunteers to help with special projects, outreach activities, food distribution support, events and other activities.  These are typically volunteer assignments that require a longer time commitment and vary in terms of availability each week.  Please complete this online application so we may learn more about you.  Once the survey is completed, we’ll contact you and schedule a time to meet.  From there we can work together to determine days and times that work for you and us too! Thank you for your gift of time!  We look forward to engaging you in our work.

Map the Meal Gap Released in May

Roadrunner® Food Bank of New Mexico announced the release of Map the Meal Gap 2019, the latest report by Feeding America® on hunger and the cost of food at both the county and congressional district level. Currently, it is the only study that provides food insecurity data at the county level. Map the Meal Gap 2019 revealed that New Mexico ranks among the worst in the nation for childhood hunger. One in four children is at risk, or 24.1 percent.  Additionally, it shows 15.8 percent or 324,000 people in New Mexico are at-risk of hunger. Map the Meal Gap confirms that hunger exists in every county in Roadrunner Food Bank’s service area. Hunger rates range from a low of 9.3 percent of the overall population in Guadalupe County up to 26 percent of the overall population in McKinley County for the overall population. Nationwide, the average hunger rate across all counties is 12.5 percent. New Mexico ranks sixth worst among all states when looking at the entire overall population. In New Mexico, children are much worse off and more likely to experience hunger compared to the overall population in the state and across the U.S.  Rates in the state range from a low of 17.1 percent of children at-risk of hunger in Los Alamos County to a high of 33.5 percent of children at-risk of hunger in McKinley County. The national hunger rate for children is 17 percent.  New Mexico has nearly twice the childhood hunger rate compared to the national hunger rate in the U.S. The analysis also finds that a percentage of New Mexicans in food insecure households are likely to be ineligible for federal nutrition assistance. Under current program requirements, many low-income households make a little much to qualify for programs such as SNAP (food stamps). These households must rely heavily on charitable food assistance programs like Roadrunner’s statewide hunger relief network. “Federal nutrition programs provide an important source of meals for those with extremely low-incomes in our state.  However, many fall into a gap.  On paper these households technically are still in poverty, but make just a little too much to qualify for SNAP benefits.  If they do qualify, it may only be a small amount,” said Mag Strittmatter, president and CEO of Roadrunner Food Bank. “The households in this gap are often the most food insecure and count on charitable food assistance programs. There is no other resource for these family to turn to for help, and our statewide charitable hunger network provides the emergency food they need to for their family to escape hunger.” Top Five New Mexico Counties for Child Hunger                                           McKinley County – 33.5 percent Luna County – 33.4 percent Cibola County – 30.4 percent Catron County – 30.4 percent Sierra County – 27.8 percent Top Five New Mexico Counties for Overall Hunger McKinley County – 26 percent Luna County – 20.7 percent Cibola County – 19.8 percent San Juan County – 19.6 percent Sierra County – 19 percent For more information …

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