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Author Archives: Jason Riggs

Las Mañanitas

He had told me his name was Tomas.*   He said he wanted more information about food stamps.  I got his name down, but the rest was hard.  He started repeating his name, address, and phone number in a quick succession.  …

A Mother’s Tears

It was a cold December day at the Rio Grande Food Project.  The holiday decorations were up in the waiting room.  Despite the wind, a good 25-40 person line had formed outside an hour before the food pantry opened. I …

Empty Handed and Hungry

“I’m sorry, we’re out of food.” The volunteer at the food pantry registration table wasn’t trying to be cold or harsh.  It was a statement of fact.  They had ordered food for about 80 households and they had already served …

Veteran’s Day

It is becoming too easy to forget Veteran’s Day.  One of the downfall’s of an all-volunteer military is that people in many walks of life don’t even know someone who served.  What should be a day of honoring sacrifice becomes …

Mobile Food Pantry – Touching Lives for 5 Years

“It was me in an empty room with a phone and a computer.” That was Alissa Barnes’s first day on the job at Roadrunner Food Bank.  The year was 2008.  Alissa was tasked with starting an experimental new program called …

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