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Coke Caravan & Walmart Collecting Food

This holiday season enjoy the Coca-Cola Caravan coming to town and help the Food Bank at the same time.  Through December 21, Coke and Walmart are helping hunger-relief organizations in two ways. Shoppers and the community are encouraged to bring donations of non-perishable food at participating Walmart stores through Dec. 21.  Look for the Coca-Cola in-store display.  You’ll find a red collection barrel as part of the display to place food donations. The Coca-Cola Caravan is also coming to town.  The caravan will visit ten locations in Albuquerque and Santa Fe the week of Dec. 15 encouraging food donations.  During the caravan stops, Coca-Cola staff will ask customers to take a FREE picture with Santa or the Coca-Cola bear.  A list of locations and times to catch the caravan is below. Dec. 17         Walmart at 8511 Golf Course Rd NW                   2-5 pm Dec. 17         Walmart at 9600 Sage Rd NW                            7-10 pm Dec. 18         Walmart at 400 Eubank Blvd NE                         2-5 pm Dec. 18         Walmart at 2266 Wyoming Blvd NE                     7-10 pm Dec. 20         Walmart at 901 Unser Blvd in Rio Rancho             2-5 pm Dec. 20         Walmart at 5801 Herrera Drive in Santa Fe           7-10 pm Dec. 21         Walmart at 2550 Coors Blvd NW                         2-5 pm Dec. 21         Walmart at 3500 Coors Blvd NW                         7-10 pm The Coca-Cola caravan will also visit two of the Food Bank’s Mobile Food Pantry distribution sites on Dec. 19 to bring some holiday cheer to hungry families.  Families at the food distribution have the opportunity to take a photo with Santa or the Coca-Cola Polar Bear to take home and enjoy as a gift from Coca-Cola. To download and share the flier about the Coca-Cola Caravan stops click here. Happy Holidays!

Sharing the Joys of the Season

During this holiday season, we need your help on behalf of our hungry neighbors struggling to get by.  Your gift will help provide nutritious food to families throughout New Mexico, so that they will have a reason to celebrate. Hunger is closer than you think.  Right now, one in five of our neighbors struggle with hunger.  Please give today and make a difference in the lives of our neighbors in need. Meet ten-year-old McKenna. Her teacher told us, “McKenna has many family members. There are seven children and her mom and dad.  There are times there isn’t any milk or other food in the home.  It makes me so glad to know that family’s like hers benefit from the monthly Mobile Food Pantry that Roadrunner Food Bank brings to our school every month.  It ensures all their children have a consistent source of meals.” Her teacher continued, “After her family started receiving food from the monthly mobile food pantry, McKenna said to me, ‘I love the milk we get from the Food Bank, it tastes real good cold.’” Our deepest thanks for all you have done to feed our hungry neighbors in 2014.  We are truly grateful to consider you part of our Food Bank family. Wishing you and your loved ones a holiday season filled with love and laughter. Click here to give.

One Day in September

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?  

Water Donations Are Important Too!

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.

An Honor From Our Community

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.

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