Author Archives: Shannon Kunkel
We cannot thank our dedicated community of supporters enough! We have won a $60,000 grant from Walmart’s Fight Hunger, Spark Change campaign to help solve child hunger – and it’s all because of your votes! Roadrunner Food Bank will be given $45,000 for our Childhood Hunger Initiative (CHI). 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!
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.
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.