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May 11 Help Stamp Out Hunger

Mark your calendar to join in the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive.  This year’s food drive will be held on Sat., May 11th.  Stamp Out Hunger is the largest single day food drive in the United States.  Food collected in Albuquerque benefits Roadrunner Food Bank. It’s easy to participate: Fill a bag or two with non-perishable food Leave it near your mailbox for your letter carrier to pick up Produce, refrigerated items should be brought directly to the Food Bank during business hours. – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Register online at www.rrfb.org/cervis or call 505.314.0593 to schedule you or your group to help. – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – This year marked the 27th anniversary of the Stamp Out Hunger food drive.  Ten thousand communities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam participate in Stamp Out Hunger annually. Several national partners are assisting the National Association of Letter Carrier’s with the annual food drive including: the U.S. Postal Service, the United Food & Commercial Workers International Union, the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, United Way Worldwide, the AFL-CIO, Valpak and Valassis. Special thanks to local media partners KOB TV, and The Peak for partnering with us and educating our community about hunger.

Thank You Volunteers!

In recognition of all the wonderful helping hands our volunteers provide, we thank you!  National Volunteer Month is a time we can recognize all our volunteers who provide the gift of time and talent! As our volunteers, you help prep millions of pounds of food for distribution every year, assist clients in applying for SNAP benefits, ensure that people in our food lines have basic needs met, and so much more! To the roughly 13,000 volunteers who make their way through our doors every year to lend us a helping hand – THANK YOU!  Your efforts make a tremendous difference! Read some of our favorite quotes about volunteering: “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of other,” – Mahatma Gandhi “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth,” – Muhammad Ali “As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands – one for helping yourself, the other for helping others,” – Audrey Hepburn “Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart,” -Elizabeth Andrew Visit our Facebook or Instagram pages this month to see some of our featured volunteers! If you would like to learn more about volunteering at Roadrunner Food Bank, visit our volunteer page or call 505.349.8841. To read more about the benefits of volunteering, check out this article. Thank you volunteers for making a difference in our community!

NM Human Services Dept. Announces SNAP Availability

The New Mexico Department of Human Services announced on Feb. 18th that it will issue all March SNAP benefits on February 28, 2019, with an availability on EBT cards of March 1, 2019. Here is a quick breakdown of information regarding March-May SNAP benefit release. March: All NM residents currently on SNAP will receive benefits on their EBT Card the same day – March 1st of 2019. April: All NM residents currently on SNAP will receive benefits on their EBT Card somewhere between April 1st and April 10th.  Dates of the SNAP benefits are determined using the last two digits of the beneficiary’s Social Security Number. May: All NM residents currently on SNAP will receive benefits on their EBT Card on their regularly scheduled day. Background:  The government shutdown could have impacted many nutrition programs including SNAP.  In response, the New Mexico Human Services Department issued February SNAP allotments early (on January 20th to all participants for their February benefits).  Given the early release of SNAP benefits, this created what is known as a SNAP Gap – a longer time frame when recipients would normally receive their monthly SNAP benefit. SNAP Gap:  Since SNAP beneficiaries received February benefits early (January 20), those on the program may need additional help from charitable hunger programs to make it until their next SNAP allotment. If you are experiencing an additional need due to the government shutdown, use our online tool by placing your zip code in the white box to locate one of our affiliated partners in your community.  You may also call our food assistance line at 505.349.5340 M-F from 8 am to 4 pm to additional food help during this temporary gap in SNAP benefits. Download this flier to share with others about March-May SNAP benefits  

It Happens All the Time, All Across New Mexico

It happens all the time across New Mexico. A working family is scraping by, barely able to make ends meet. And then disaster strikes. Maybe it’s a sudden medical emergency. Maybe the family car finally gives out. Whatever the reason, a low-income family living paycheck to paycheck often has no money for food when faced with an emergency. A startling one in six of our neighbors are living in a food-insecure home right now and are at risk of hunger. Included in that number are working-poor families, seniors and 21,000 children. But thanks to donors like you, they can have a little help putting tomorrow’s dinner on the table. At Roadrunner Food Bank your donation helps serve families in crisis. And the number of people seeking assistance remains high. Last year, we distributed 32 million pounds of food to local nonprofit agencies that delivered items directly to people in need in their local neighborhoods and communities. Food and other items distributed through the Food Bank have touched over 70,000 lives in New Mexico every single week. Will you help with a gift today? Your generosity will provide meals to neighbors needing assistance. With every $10 donated, we can help distribute 50 nutritious meals. Together we can solve hunger. Donate today at http://www.rrfb.org/thanks Thank you!

Donate Your Old Car and Help Feed Others

There’s a brand new way to help feed New Mexicans in need — and at the same time support Roadrunner Food Bank’s mission to solve hunger! Donate your old or used vehicle and turn it into food to feed others in your community. We accept all types of vehicles as donations: cars, motorcycles, tractors, RVs, trailers – even boats! It doesn’t even matter whether they’re running or not. We’ll take them! Plus, you may qualify for a tax deduction on your vehicle donation. And donating your vehicle couldn’t be easier. Simply call us at 855-500-7433 or visit us at www.rrfb.org/cars — and we take everything from there. We’ll arrange a convenient time around your schedule to pick the vehicle up, notify you when your vehicle has been sold, and send you a formal tax receipt letter. And in the meantime, you can rest assured your generosity has already been put to work to help feed your hungry neighbors. Turn your old car into food for others!

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