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NM Human Services Dept. Announces SNAP Availability

The New Mexico Department of Human Services announced on Feb. 18th that it will issue all March SNAP benefits on February 28, 2019, with an availability on EBT cards of March 1, 2019. Here is a quick breakdown of information regarding March-May SNAP benefit release. March: All NM residents currently on SNAP will receive benefits on their EBT Card the same day – March 1st of 2019. April: All NM residents currently on SNAP will receive benefits on their EBT Card somewhere between April 1st and April 10th.  Dates of the SNAP benefits are determined using the last two digits of the beneficiary’s Social Security Number. May: All NM residents currently on SNAP will receive benefits on their EBT Card on their regularly scheduled day. Background:  The government shutdown could have impacted many nutrition programs including SNAP.  In response, the New Mexico Human Services Department issued February SNAP allotments early (on January 20th to all participants for their February benefits).  Given the early release of SNAP benefits, this created what is known as a SNAP Gap – a longer time frame when recipients would normally receive their monthly SNAP benefit. SNAP Gap:  Since SNAP beneficiaries received February benefits early (January 20), those on the program may need additional help from charitable hunger programs to make it until their next SNAP allotment. If you are experiencing an additional need due to the government shutdown, use our online tool by placing your zip code in the white box to locate one of our affiliated partners in your community.  You may also call our food assistance line at 505.349.5340 M-F from 8 am to 4 pm to additional food help during this temporary gap in SNAP benefits. Download this flier to share with others about March-May SNAP benefits  

Heat or Eat?

One of the most distressing choices our struggling neighbors in New Mexico are forced to make is whether to buy food or pay for their utilities. Over 60% of those served by Roadrunner Food Bank report having to make that difficult choice. Winter and cold temperatures makes that decision all the more common, as heat becomes a necessity. Heat or Eat? Which would you choose? These are impossible choices for families to make. Both food and a heated home during the winter are essential to good health and the safety for all, especially children and seniors. Heating costs mean the decision between being cold or going hungry is a daily reality for many in New Mexico. Help us ensure that enough food is on the tables of the 70,000 New Mexicans facing hunger we serve each and every week. Your donation will help bring needed food to our network of community food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, group homes, school partner sites and senior partner sites — where neighbors in need of assistance can find nutrition and hope. Please consider a gift today.  

Souper Bowl 2019 – The Results are In!

The results are in for Souper Bowl 2019! On Saturday, January 26th, the Food Bank’s annual Souper Bowl event hosted more than 1,000 guests in its warehouse. Attendees enjoyed scrumptious soups and delectable desserts from nearly 40 area Albuquerque restaurants.  In addition, restaurant awards were given in two categories: Critic’s Choice and People’s Choice. While at the event, attendees selected the People’s Choice winners by submitting a ballot voting for their favorite soup and dessert.  The 2019 Souper Bowl People’s Choice awards went to: People’s Choice Winners – Soup 1st Place and Souper Bowl Champion:  Slate Street Billiards 2nd Place: El Bruno’s Restaurant 3rd Place: Ohana Hut People Choice Winners – Vegetarian Soup 1st Place: Artichoke Cafe 2nd Place: Pho505 3rd Place: Ohana Hut People Choice Winners – Desserts 1st Place: Nothing Bundt Cakes 2nd Place: Theobroma Chocolatier 3rd Place: Special Touch Catering Best Booth Award: Poki Poblanos Fusion Lounge The Critic’s Choice Awards were chosen by a panel of six judges who rated each soup based on appearance, aroma, texture, spice blend, flavor and overall impression in a blind sample. Critic’s Choice Award Winners 1st Place: The Crown Room 2nd Place:  Sage Dining Services 3rd Place: Ohana Hut Thank you to all our sponsors, our restaurants and guests who attended. You helped us raise important funds and the helping Roadrunner Food Bank solve hunger in New Mexico. SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR 2019 SPONSORS AND PARTNERS!  

It Happens All the Time, All Across New Mexico

It happens all the time across New Mexico. A working family is scraping by, barely able to make ends meet. And then disaster strikes. Maybe it’s a sudden medical emergency. Maybe the family car finally gives out. Whatever the reason, a low-income family living paycheck to paycheck often has no money for food when faced with an emergency. A startling one in six of our neighbors are living in a food-insecure home right now and are at risk of hunger. Included in that number are working-poor families, seniors and 21,000 children. But thanks to donors like you, they can have a little help putting tomorrow’s dinner on the table. At Roadrunner Food Bank your donation helps serve families in crisis. And the number of people seeking assistance remains high. Last year, we distributed 32 million pounds of food to local nonprofit agencies that delivered items directly to people in need in their local neighborhoods and communities. Food and other items distributed through the Food Bank have touched over 70,000 lives in New Mexico every single week. Will you help with a gift today? Your generosity will provide meals to neighbors needing assistance. With every $10 donated, we can help distribute 50 nutritious meals. Together we can solve hunger. Donate today at http://www.rrfb.org/thanks Thank you!

Donate Your Old Car and Help Feed Others

There’s a brand new way to help feed New Mexicans in need — and at the same time support Roadrunner Food Bank’s mission to solve hunger! Donate your old or used vehicle and turn it into food to feed others in your community. We accept all types of vehicles as donations: cars, motorcycles, tractors, RVs, trailers – even boats! It doesn’t even matter whether they’re running or not. We’ll take them! Plus, you may qualify for a tax deduction on your vehicle donation. And donating your vehicle couldn’t be easier. Simply call us at 855-500-7433 or visit us at www.rrfb.org/cars — and we take everything from there. We’ll arrange a convenient time around your schedule to pick the vehicle up, notify you when your vehicle has been sold, and send you a formal tax receipt letter. And in the meantime, you can rest assured your generosity has already been put to work to help feed your hungry neighbors. Turn your old car into food for others!

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