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Through the end of December, your giving has triple the impact! For every $1 you donate, Bank of America’s Charitable Foundation will give $2 more. To participate and have your donation matched, give through Feeding America’s weblink. As a national matching program for food banks, the gifts are made through an online portal with our national organization, Feeding America. To designate your local food bank, enter your zip code and your entire gift and the match will be forwarded to Roadrunner Food Bank in early 2016. Bank of America will match any individual’s gift up to $1,000 per donor with a maximum match of up to $50,000 per Feeding America affiliated food bank. The total match by the Bank of America Foundation is up to $1,500,000 for Feeding America and its affiliated food banks across the U.S. If you have questions about the Bank of America match, call 505.349.8682 or email email@example.com.
While many people look forward to sharing a Thanksgiving meal with family and friends, for neighbors like Bethany, Thanksgiving is just another day of struggling to feed her family. Bethany is a single mom to six-year-old Nate and nine-year-old Jonathan. A recent work-related accident left her unable to do her job. While she is learning new skills to find different employment, she struggles to make her income stretch far enough to feed two growing boys. She told us, “Nate came home so excited about the Thanksgiving picture he drew in school. My heart sank when he asked, ‘Will we have a big turkey, Mama?’ I couldn’t tell him that we can’t afford a Thanksgiving dinner this year.” With your continued support, we can make sure families like Bethany’s receive the food they need during the Thanksgiving season. You can give the gift of Thanksgiving to families in need today. To make a gift to ensure hungry families have a Thanksgiving for all, visit www.rrfb.org/thanks.
On the surface, you’d think Kate was an ordinary girl with an ordinary life. But what you don’t know is that Kate is hungry. She usually does well in school, but lately, she hasn’t done well and has even missed some days. When her teacher asked her what was wrong, Kate told her that her dad had lost his job and now, there’s not much food at home. Kate is so hungry she can’t concentrate on her schoolwork.
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.