Childhood Hunger Initiative – The program is designed for schools and aims to reach poverty stricken families at low income schools. The initiative brings a combination of hunger-relief programs to roughly 50 school partners. School partners have the ability to receive food from the Food Bank through a monthly mobile traveling food pantry, a school-based or on-site food pantry, or through backpacks filled with food.
Emergency Family Food Box – The thirty five pound food box is targeted to assist families in emergency situations such as a fire, a flood, a domestic violence situation, or medical emergency. Schools, hospitals, emergency responders and the Southwest Family Advocacy Center distribute more than 700 emergency food boxes to those in crisis every year.
Healthy Foods Center – The Center is a medical referral food pantry. Several participating health care centers ask patients questions related to their food situations. If a patient answers in a way that indicates they are food insecure or experiencing consistent hunger, the medical professional gives them a “prescription” for food. The food prescription allows the patient to visit our Healthy Foods Center once a week to receive access to fruits, vegetables, dairy, milk and other healthy food items. Currently, the Center is operating part-time during its pilot phase.
Mobile Food Pantry – The program is a traveling food pantry that eliminates the need for long-term or large-capacity storage and provides families 50 pounds of perishable and non-perishable food. Families represent a large segment of clients served at Mobile Food Pantry sites where 43% of those helped are children.
Senior Hunger Initiative –Provides a combination of hunger-relief program at low-income senior housing sites, senior centers and other senior locations. Each site has the ability to start an on-site food pantry to help seniors any time they need help with food. Each site also has a monthly mobile food pantry distribution at each of the Senior Hunger Initiative sites where seniors can receive fruits, vegetables, dairy, meat and other healthy food items.
Additional Services to the Community
Disaster Relief – Roadrunner Food Bank provides food, water and other supplies during disasters. In New Mexico, we have provided food to more than 450 families affected by flooding in Hatch, Alamogordo, Socorro and Laguna in 2006. In 2007, we were called upon to send food to Clovis after a major tornado blew through the community. We provided food during the Cerro Grande Fire in Los Alamos in 2000. Roadrunner has also been called upon by our sister food banks around the country and affiliated with Feeding America to participate in national disaster relief efforts such as the devasting tornados that hit Oklahoma in May 2013, Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Rita and others.
Referrals for Food – As a hunger-relief organization, we will gladly provide anyone who needs help with food several contacts at our affiliated partner agencies to call and receive help with food. The referrals are based on geographic location. Simply call 349-8841 and provide your zip code to receive a list of 3-5 agencies near you to access food.
For detailed information about our programs, view our Fact Sheet (PDF)