Author Archives: Donna Marlow
It’s hard to believe another holiday season has come and gone. During a time of year when people resolve to eat better, exercise or drop a bad habit, consider a resolution to help out your community. Start your resolution now by providing a gift of food to those in need through an extraordinary opportunity thanks to Bank of America. Bank of America has agreed to give a $2 donation for every dollar $1 received until January 10 to Feeding America OR their local food bank. What a great way to continue to help those in need for the coming year. Donations can be made through www.feedingamerica.org/bankofamerica. Keep your donation local by entering your zip code when prompted and “selecting the ‘Your Local Food Bank’ option” to direct your gift to Roadrunner Food Bank. One hundred percent of the donations designated to Roadrunner, as well as the corporate match, go directly to feed people right here in New Mexico. This wonderful opportunity will allow you to triple your contribution and be part of solving hunger this winter and beyond. The winter months are especially hard for struggling families. Cold temperatures mean that utilities bills increase and many New Mexicans will be forced to choose between heating their homes and buying groceries. But your gift to Roadrunner through the Bank of America Give a Meal Program means that they can have a warm home and also have food on their table. Your donation is the crucial bridge between hunger and food, and for that we thank you! What a great way to show you care and triple your impact. We thank you for your ongoing commitment to fighting hunger in New Mexico and wish a happy and prosperous 2014! Donna Marlow is the Strategic Giving Manager at Roadrunner Food Bank.
As the smell of green chili leaves the air and the final leaves fall from the trees, we prepare for the holiday season, our busiest time of the year. Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching and we are working longer hours and hustling hard to make sure we have enough food in our inventory to meet the increasing needs for struggling families this holiday season. Working at a Food Bank gives us a different perspective when it comes to Thanksgiving. For our staff here at Roadrunner, Thanksgiving means a day off after a 10 day stretch to ensure we can obtain and distribute food for our hungry neighbors this holiday season. And as we sit down to eat and enjoy time with our families, in the back of our minds, we know there are thousands of New Mexicans out there who aren’t worried about overcooking the turkey or making sure there aren’t any lumps in the mashed potatoes… they worry about having food on their table.
Summer has always been my favorite season of the year. In New Mexico, it is particularly wonderful as we have fairly mild temperatures and very little humidity. As a child and into my college years, I longed for summer vacation from school. By the time the holidays passed, I was ready for summer. I would imagine myself at a baseball game, eating a hot dog and enjoying the outdoors. I imagined myself camping with cousins and relatives for our annual family reunion. I longed to be laying by the pool on a hot summer day, maybe followed up by a barbeque. I loved summer so much growing up and it’s still my favorite season (even though I no longer get a summer vacation). I know this is not the case for tens of thousands of families who live in poverty across New Mexico. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. For struggling families, the summer is a time of dread. Their children no longer have access to the subsidized school meal programs. This means that struggling parents must come up with a way to provide those additional meals while school is out.
I love to shop, but I’m what you’d call a bargain shopper. I buy things in bulk, buy late in the season, or shop the sale, clearance, and closeout racks. I very rarely pay full price for things, and when I do (sometimes I have no choice) it makes me cringe. I cringe because I know if I would have looked elsewhere or waited it out, I could have paid less for it. Conversely, I get a rush when I find a bargain deal or when I know I saved a ton of money. It’s exhilarating knowing your hard-earned money went as far as it could. This month your hard-earned money can go twice as far too. Through the end of June, every donation received by Roadrunner will be matched by a friend of the Food Bank up to $10,000. This matching campaign is allowing YOU to have twice the impact in the fight against hunger this summer. Please consider making a contribution to Roadrunner Food Bank by the end of the summer. It’ll feel good to know that you are making a difference in the community and that your hard-earned contribution will be doubled! Donna Marlow is the Strategic Giving Manager at Roadrunner Food Bank.
Despite the fact that I work at a Food Bank, it still amazes me that so many people in America struggle with hunger daily. How can we be one of the richest and most powerful nations in the world, yet people living in America are literally starving? What makes me even more upset is the fact that there are thousands of American children that don’t have access to enough food. It just doesn’t seem right that a child living in “the greatest county in the world” would go to bed hungry. I think about my childhood and how fortunate I was growing up. Of course, I didn’t realize it at the time, but I was truly very fortunate to have the food I needed to learn and develop properly. It never occurred to me that there were children out there, children just like me, who weren’t getting enough to eat. It wasn’t until I was much older when I realized that hunger was a serious problem in America, not only for the homeless folks living on the streets, but for working families, seniors and children. Unfortunately, for tens of thousands of children living in New Mexico, this realization comes a lot earlier than it did for me. The realization comes much earlier for them because they are the ones who are hungry.