Author Archives: Sonya Warwick
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.
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. There are more than 145,200 hungry children in our area. Hungry children have more difficulty learning the basics like reading and math; they have more behavioral problems and are sick more often. But you can help these children. One way we are touching lives is through our Childhood Hunger Initiative. Partner schools receive a combination of hunger programs. The initiative brings more food to children and families delivered through mobile pantries, school-based food pantries, and backpacks filled with food. Now that Kate and her family receive help through this initiative, she is doing much better in school and her family doesn’t worry how or when they will have enough to eat. To expand these programs we need your help. There are many more hungry children that we still need to reach and your gift can help us do that. For every $1 you give, we can provide 5 nutritious meals to children like Kate. Help us honor all the Kate’s in our state with a gift today. View her story here – www.rrrfb.org/meetkate. 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.