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Heat or Eat?

Heat or Eat?  Which would you choose? More than half of those served by Roadrunner Food Bank report having to buy food or pay for their utilities.  Cooler temperatures and winter make that decision all the more common. These are nearly impossible choices for families to make.  Both food and a heated home during the winter are essential for good health and the safety of all, especially children and seniors.  Rising heating costs mean the decision between going cold or going hungry is a daily reality for low-income families struggling. Help us ensure there is enough food on the tables for the 70,000 New Mexicans who face hungry each and every week.  A financial gift means that we can invest in accessing more food for people in need. We invite you to make a gift today so low-income families are not faced with such a difficult choice.  

Board Names Mag Strittmatter President and CEO

The Board of Directors of Roadrunner Food Bank has appointed Mag Strittmatter as the new President and Chief Executive Officer. She will follow Melody Wattenbarger who led the Food Bank for 22 years. Under Melody’s leadership, Roadrunner has become the largest anti-hunger nonprofit in New Mexico. Every week, Roadrunner Food Bank and its statewide hunger-relief network provide food to 70,000 people experiencing hunger. Melody will be retiring later this month and Mag will begin her new position as President and CEO on January 22, 2018. Mark Ryerson, board chair of Roadrunner Food Bank said, “After a thorough search led by members of the board and key community members, we are delighted to bring Mag Strittmatter to Albuquerque and New Mexico.  Her passion and commitment to provide services for people in need truly stands out.  We look forward to her ability to lead the Food Bank into a new era for the benefit of our low-income neighbors’ in a state that has one of the highest poverty rates in the U.S.” Mag comes to Roadrunner Food Bank from The Action Center in Colorado.  She joined The Action Center as Director of Development and Communications in 2002 and was selected as Executive Director in early 2006. The Action Center serves low income residents and homeless in Jefferson County, CO. During her tenure, she significantly increased the organizations profile across the Denver metro area and increased fundraising by 600 percent and grew staff positions from 14 to 50. With increased fundraising and a higher profile, The Action Center significantly elevated its programming to include long term self-sufficiency services. This was in addition to the agency’s immediate operating needs which funds programs including food, shelter and clothing for low-income and homeless residents. Mag led a successful capital campaign project in 2015 resulting in the creation of a 14,500 square foot Program Services Building. The new facility created a service-based campus where participants could have multiple needs met in one location. The Action Center is regarded as one of the top anti-poverty alleviation organizations in the Denver metro area. Mag spent much of her earlier career in fund development.  She served as director of development at several institutions of higher learning including Colorado State University, University of Colorado Foundation and Metropolitan State University of Denver. The Food Bank anticipates introducing her to the Albuquerque and statewide community in a variety of ways in the first six to eight months of her start date. She is looking forward to meeting and getting to know all of you. Mag is the fifth person to lead Roadrunner Food Bank since it was founded by Rev. Titus Scholl in 1980.

Land O’ Lakes Makes More Meals Available Across New Mexico!

Many thanks to Land O’Lakes, Inc. for their June 23rd, 2016 donation of more than 40,000 pounds of Land O’Lakes Reduced Fat Macaroni and Cheese Entree with Whole Grain to us here at Roadrunner and to hungry families across New Mexico!

Morgan Stanley Helps Roadrunner Solve Childhood Hunger!

Morgan Stanley has been a critical partner in working with Roadrunner Food Bank to ensure that low-income children and their families have access to a source of nutritious food to prepare at home. The funding Morgan Stanley has previously provided to the Food Bank’s Childhood Hunger Initiative is already providing 1.3 million pounds of food to elementary schools across the state.

New Mexico Farms Help Solve Hunger & In Big Ways!

New Mexico’s largest food bank is reflecting on a record-setting year, thanks to the amount of fresh, local food donated by farmers in the state.

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