Author Archives: Shannon Kunkel
We partnered with Expo New Mexico and the New Mexico State Fair for the first time this year to help feed our hungry neighbors while reducing waste. We set up 42 recycling collection bins all around the grounds of Expo New Mexico. When guests placed aluminum, plastic or cardboard in the bins, they helped solve hunger while protecting the environment.
September 15—October 5, your daily vote could earn Roadrunner Food Bank $45,000. In addition, three of our partner agencies—the Rio Grande Food Project, The Storehouse and the Holy Family St. Vincent de Paul’s program—will also receive $5,000 each if we win! Walmart’s “Fight Hunger, Spark Change” Campaign will award grants to the fifty food banks in the nation that receive the most votes. Your daily vote will help us ensure that New Mexico gets the funding we need. Our state is number one for child hunger, and this grant will help us work to change that! The Food Bank will use the grant to help fund our Childhood Hunger Initiative (CHI), which is providing better access to food for hungry children and their families. With CHI, we distribute food through partnerships with schools in a variety of ways. We offer a combination of monthly farmers-market-style mobile food pantries, school-based pantries, and weekend backpacks for situations where the family has no means of cooking. This program is allowing us to get more fresh food into hungry households, and through CHI, we expect to double or triple the amount of food we were distributing with our former Food For Kids backpack-only program. Votes can only be cast online, and you need to have a Facebook account to participate. Here’s how to vote: 1) Visit www.walmart.com/fighthunger 2) Invite your family, friends and colleagues to vote, too! 3) You can vote once in each 24-hour period, so visit the site tomorrow and vote AGAIN!
Carrots, oranges, cantaloupe and habanero peppers– while there aren’t a lot of orange foods, the color orange can help us ensure that hungry people in New Mexico have enough to eat this September. That’s because September is Hunger Action Month, and the color orange raises awareness about hunger.
Hunger has an impact on us all, whether we are personally experiencing hunger or not. Hunger could be affecting your co-worker, your neighbor, your child’s best friend – anyone in our community could potentially be suffering from hunger in silence. Working families with children make up a large number of the clients we serve who need help with food. Without a doubt, hunger hits children the hardest.
Imagine that you are a single mom of two and also care for your young niece. You had a job, but have recently been laid off. You are falling behind on your electric bill, and your natural gas has already been shut off. You don’t have much gasoline left in your car. You’re left with just a few boxes of cereal, a pound of hamburger, and some condiments – aside from that, your refrigerator and pantry are bare. That is the situation that Denise found herself facing. I’ve been an employee of the Food Bank for about six weeks now, and just yesterday had the opportunity to attend my first food box distribution. In Albuquerque’s South Valley, The Holy Family Parish is one of our largest partner agencies and gives food to hungry families through a twice-weekly on-site pantry and a monthly Mobile Food Pantry. At yesterday’s Mobile distribution, I accompanied three of our AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteers and three members of Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham’s staff to help with our SNAP Outreach program.