Author Archives: Sonya Warwick
For most of us, cookouts make some of the best summertime memories. Everyone has a plate filled to the brim with delicious food! No one gets left out. And a gift to Roadrunner Food Bank ensures that none of our hungry neighbors get left out either. We help neighbors like Luis. He works in construction 60+ hours a week, but doesn’t earn enough to make ends meet most of the time. His wife, Ana, stays home to care for their three young children because the cost of daycare would eat up her entire paycheck and part of his. Money is tight and Ana reminds her kids to limit how much they put on their plates. Her oldest bravely said, “Don’t worry, Mama, I’ll just chew longer so it seems like more food.” Luis and Ana are so relieved to know there is food available for their family when they need it. They even return any items they can’t use. Luis told us, “We know many others are desperately in need of a helping hand.” Please help with a gift today so we can fill empty plates and expand our reach to feed more of our hungry neighbors. Thank you for being a part of our Food Bank family and thank you for giving!
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.