Author Archives: Sonya Warwick
It’s a choice no American should have to make. Right now, more than 387,000 of our neighbors in New Mexico are struggling to make ends meet. And as temperatures drop, they are faced with a horrible decision: Do I buy food or turn on the heat? Tragically, many are like Angel. At 78, Angel suffers from diabetes, high blood pressure, and has trouble walking. When she is forced to skip meals, she feels dizzy and sick. Her husband died from cancer six months ago and she is adjusting to living alone. “This is the first winter that I’m without Daniel — we were married for more than 50 years,” she said. “I don’t feel good because all I had to eat today was a small bowl of cereal with three teaspoons of milk. I have to ration everything I eat because if I don’t, I won’t be able to pay my heating bill. My doctor said that I should eat healthier food, but I just can’t afford to.” Thankfully, Angel went to a partner food pantry and she was amazed at the selection of food. She received chicken, tomatoes, apples, green beans, cereal, rice, beans, and other groceries. She said, “For the first time in weeks, I can have a healthy meal that I won’t have to ration. I don’t know how to thank you.” There are still so many neighbors who are struggling. A gift today allows us to help so many more hungry people. Please be as generous as possible and send your gift today or click here to give.
School can be so much fun. Crayons, markers, and backpacks! Seeing friends and hanging out on the playground. It is a time of hard work for students, but also a time that hungry children can count on school subsidized meals – at least twice a day. But it isn’t enough. In New Mexico, one in three children is at risk of hunger. Dinner time, weekends, holidays and summers are tough for kids and worrisome for their parents. During their time away from school, low-income children and their families stress about how they will eat. Without enough calories, how can we expect children to thrive, learn and grow?
Thanks to a generous donation from Crystal Springs, Roadrunner Food Bank has roughly $16,000 worth of water to distribute to partners across our state. Water is very important for hunger organizations to have on hand. Why? Some of the locations where we bring and then distribute food have no or little access to utilities. And hungry people living in those remote locations not only are experiencing hunger, but they also are trying to figure out how to keep their perishable food from spoiling or must haul in water to drink, wash dishes, do laundry, etc.
Earlier this month, Roadrunner Food Bank was honored in a very special way by Albuquerque Business First. During a breakfast event among top-notch non-profit peers, local businesses, philanthropic community members and others, Roadrunner Food Bank was selected as the winner of the 2014 Non-profit of the Year Award in the Human Services category.
On Monday, September 15, we invite you to take a daily action during Hunger Action Month in the form of an online vote! Roadrunner Food Bank will be competing with about 130 other food banks across the nation for a chance to win a $60,000 grant. With a quick click of the mouse, your daily vote could earn funds for both Roadrunner Food Bank and three of our partner agencies that help us distribute food.