Author Archives: Jennifer Kemp
We love it when we see our favorite team ranked number one, or our favorite album number one on the charts. But when we hear that New Mexico is ranked second for overall hunger across the United States and ranked number one for childhood hunger, we should be asking what we can do to help. That’s what the Boy Scouts have asked and they are helping during their annual Scouting for Food Drive to collect food for hunger relief agencies across the state. On Saturday, February 8, Boy Scout troops will be located outside Smith’s grocery stores asking for donations of non-perishable food. In the Albuquerque area, Boy Scouts will be collecting non-perishable food for Roadrunner Food Bank. Or, your local scouting pack or troop may have left a bag with a flier last weekend asking you to leave out a donation of food for pick up by the scouts. Either way, their efforts and time are all making a difference! It’s so simple to support this effort. As you are shopping for your groceries, pick up a few extra cans of soup, fruit, vegetables or maybe pasta, rice or beans and on your way out of the store, give your extra purchases to the Boy Scout troop stationed right outside the store. Together the Boy Scouts and those important donations can help provide life-changing meals for hungry people. With the help of these dedicated scouts and your donations, we can change New Mexico’s ranking and help make a difference in a hungry person’s life. Thanks for taking part and helping Scout for Food! Jennifer Kemp serves on the Food Bank’s Communications Committee as a volunteer.
It’s the season of bowls. The Rose Bowl. The Orange Bowl. The Fiesta Bowl. However, there is only one bowl that results in a win for everyone involved – Roadrunner Food Bank’s Souper Bowl! Finally, at long last, our favorite bowl is here! This year’s Souper Bowl will be held on Saturday, January 25 and it brings together an amazing assortment of restaurants showcasing their most savory soups and delicious (and decadent) desserts. This year about 45 restaurants will be participating in this event to help raise funds to continue Roadrunner Food Bank’s mission – to feed every hungry person today, seed partnerships that build self-sufficiency for tomorrow, and lead to achieve its vision of permanently ending hunger in New Mexico.
During political campaigns we are all encouraged to “get out and vote” (or “rock the vote” for the younger generation) and during these campaigns we all have had that moment when we wonder “Does my vote really make a difference?” Well, now you have a chance to vote for something local and, yes, your vote will make the difference! Roadrunner Food Bank has submitted a proposal to Walmart’s Fighting Hunger Together campaign for the Roadrunner Food Bank’s Food for Kids Program. When I visited the food bank, this was one of the programs that really hit home for me. My mom was an elementary school teacher for 25 years and she saw many children with great potential who didn’t have enough to eat and how it impacted their education and daily lives.
It’s so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holidays. We all are there right now thinking of the holiday preparations, especially gift giving. “Will Aunt Mary like this sweater?” “What was the furry singing toy my niece wanted?” “What in the world do I get my mother-in-law?” Then there is the gift wrapping, decorating, holiday get togethers, shopping, cooking…whew! So much to do! I, like many of you, have been caught up in the seasonal preparations. Not only is it easy to get caught up in the “busy-ness” of the holidays, but it’s also easy to take the season for granted. There are so many people out there who are not worried about gift giving or decorating, but are concerned about putting a simple meal on the table for themselves and their family. They aren’t thinking wrapping or shipping boxes, they are thinking of where the next meal will come from and what it will be. Not only can we give to our family and friends this holiday season, but we can help those whom we do not know. One of the things that I recently learned about Roadrunner Food Bank, which surprised me, was that Roadrunner supplies food to food pantries across New Mexico. I always thought it supported Albuquerque only. In fact, donations that go to Roadrunner help hundreds of people across the state. Because of this, giving to Roadrunner Food Bank this holiday season makes it easy to help many people. I know, I know – you are wondering “When do I have time to go buy things to donate? Between work, shopping, family, friends – there just isn’t time.” Actually, there is an easy way to give: open your cupboards and take a look around. Do you really need those 5 packages of pasta? How did you end up with 7 cans of peaches (and will you really eat them all by the end of the month)? Remember the “soup kick” you were on last month? Well, while soup is good for you – but it’s also a great addition to the Food Bank. Don’t forget that top shelf – that bag of pinto beans, the cake mix, and the black eyed peas will be welcome additions to Roadrunner’s shelves.