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Author Archives: Sonya Warwick

Coasters for a Cause Invites Restaurants to Partner

CoastersForACause™ makes it easy for breweries, taprooms, or restaurants to raise awareness and funds for national and local charities like Roadrunner Food Bank. By “Pouring it Forward” during September’s Hunger Action Month, Coasters for a Cause hopes to  sign up 50 restaurants to take action and have an impact on hunger right here in New Mexico. The coasters are co-branded with the local restaurant information on one side and the Food Bank on the other side. It’s easy to get started. Select a charity.  In New Mexico, Coasters for a Cause has partnered with the Food Bank. Make an online donation of $250 or more to the selected charity as an enrollment fee through this link – www.rrfb.org/coasters Order coasters and begin using them inside your restaurant with your customers. Restaurants are also encouraged to get their customers involved and raise additional funds through a round up donation program, or a percent of sales over a set period of time. Scalo Northern Italian Grill was the first local restaurant to register.  Steve Pasternoster, owner of Scalo said, “Ending hunger is up to all of us, and the entire team at Scalo is proud to make a difference by supporting Roadrunner Food Bank.” Food Bank President, Melody Wattenbarger said, “We are proud to be a part of this special campaign.  Coasters with a Cause brings a unique opportunity for restaurants to partner with a local charity like the Food Bank in a distinctive way.  Their support of the Food Bank will continue to bring important meals to communities throughout the state.” For more information on the Coaster for a Cause, email Peter Kaplan at coasters@ourworld.us, or  sonya@rrfb.org at the Food Bank.

2017 Map the Meal Gap Released

Roadrunner Food Bank of New Mexico announced the release of Map the Meal Gap 2017, the latest report by Feeding America® on hunger and the cost of food at both the county and congressional district level. Map the Meal Gap 2017 revealed that New Mexico ranks among the worst for hunger. For a second year, New Mexico ranked #2 for childhood hunger in a tie with Arkansas, at 25 percent or 1 in 4 children at-risk of hunger. Among the overall population, the state ranked #7 among all states for hunger, tied with Ohio. The report shows that 16 percent of the population in New Mexico, or 1 in 6 is at-risk of hunger. Map the Meal Gap confirms that hunger exists in every county in Roadrunner Food Bank’s service area. Overall hunger rates range from a low of 8.4 percent in Guadalupe County up to 27.2 percent in McKinley County. Nationwide, the average for hunger across all counties is 14%. In New Mexico, children at-risk of hunger are much worse off compared to the overall population and experience much higher rates of hunger.  The study also finds that people currently facing hunger are likely falling further behind.  Food costs and other daily expenses are increasing and wages have not kept pace. High rates of unemployment and under-employment also force many into food lines as they continue to struggle to earn enough to meet their needs.  In New Mexico, food insecure individuals now face, on average, a food budget shortfall of $16.50 per person each week, up from $16.14 last year. For a family of four, this represents an additional $66 a week or $264 a month. For more information about Map the Meal Gap visit this link.

New Volunteer Registration Portal

For years, volunteers have been able to utilize our website to schedule their warehouse volunteer appointments through our website.  As with any technology, our needs have grown and changed. We’ve added and expanded our volunteer needs to include what is known as Skilled Based volunteer activities as well as added volunteer opportunities that may be held offsite and away from the Food Bank. This March, volunteers will continue to sign up and register for a time and date to volunteer in the warehouse, but will also have the opportunity to view and sign up for additional volunteer possibilities. Any previous or new Food Bank volunteer will need to create a new username and passcode to utilize the new scheduling product called “Cervis.” If you used our former scheduling service, your previous credentials will not allow you to log in to this new registration system. Visit www.rrfb.org/volunteer to learn more about volunteering Click here to automatically be re-directed to the volunteer login portal to create a new volunteer appointment. Groups of 2-50+ should complete the group form.  Once we have confirmed availability for your requested day and time, we’ll send you a group reservation code to  pre-register each member of your group. Please update any stored bookmarks on your computer to CERVIS as soon as possible. To cancel or modify a volunteer appointment, please call 505.349.5358 or email givetime@rrfb.org as we transition to this new system . In the near future, all volunteers will be asked to sign in and out of their volunteer time either through an onsite kiosk or via a website link. Signing in and out digitally will continue to help us track the wonderful service hours you are contributing to our community. Thank you for continuing to be an important team member in our work. Your generosity makes a difference in the lives of hungry people all over our state! If you have any questions, email givetime@rrfb.org or call 505.349.5358. Thank you also in advance for being patient with us as we learn this new system right along with you!

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.

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