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.
Food for Kids – The program is designed for elementary school aged children and younger siblings who do not have enough food to eat at home during the weekends and holidays. During the school year, Roadrunner Food Bank distributes food to schools for children to take home a backpack filled with child-friendly nutritious foods. Every school week about 3,000 children in 38 low-income schools receive the food. In some instances this is the only food a child has available to them at home.
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 Helpings – A 38 pound food box distributed monthly to 1,125 seniors (13,500 annually) through low-income senior housing sites and food pantries and includes fresh and non-perishable food. The food box often is the only food source a low-income senior has all month long. This program is funded with contributions from:
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)