Emergency Family Food Box Program and Disaster Relief in New Mexico
Crisis strikes when and where we least expect it, and we can never be fully prepared for when it does. When an emergency does happen, those escaping the emergency aren’t always able to take food with them. Fires, floods, illness, homelessness, benefits loss or even a job loss are all a crisis for people struggling to get by and make it day to day. Our New Mexico Food Bank has food available to help respond to the crisis.
Emergency Family Food Box (EFAM)
The most immediate way that Roadrunner Food Bank provides emergency help is through our Emergency Family Food Box program. The program is a food box that is distributed primarily through schools, hospitals, court programs, first reponders and family violence programs such as the Southwest Family Advocacy Center. These boxes are filled with 36 pounds of food that can give people some comfort, even when they are experiencing complete turmoil. You can help to support our Food Bank’s emergency food box program by:
- Joining the Roadrunner Club. The Roadrunner Club, our monthly giving program, allows us to plan ahead and to provide help the moment it is needed.
- Making a one-time donation. Every dollar you donate helps us distribute five meals out in the community.
- Donating your time. We are always looking for volunteers. We can always use a extra hands to prep food being distributed.
- Donating food. The need for food at Roadrunner Food Bank is always great and your gift of food can make the difference to a person or family experiencing a crisis..
In additional to providing emergency food boxes, the Food Bank is also called upon during disaster situations right here in our own state, in the region or even nationally. Often, our fellow Feeding America member food banks responding to a disaster will ask us for very specific help to respond. For example in 2013, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma asked for our assistance in providing food to help those in Oklahoma that were displaced by the devastating tornados. The Food Bank dispatched three tractor trailer loads of food to Oklahoma. Roadrunner Food Bank was also asked to provide water to the Magdalena, NM community when their town wells ran low.
The Food Bank has also provided disaster response during the Las Conchas Fire in Los Alamos in 2011, food response to Hurricane Katrina and Rita in 2005 and many others.
Your gift helps defray the unexpected costs associated with the emergent and quick response needed during a disaster whether it is providing personnel, food, water or the cost of shipping the product to the affected area.
Please consider donating your time, money or food to our Food Bank. You can really make a difference in someone else’s life during one of their most difficult situations. Contact us today to see how you can help.