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Our Backpack Program fed thousands of hungry children, but sadly it wasn’t enough. The backpack held enough food to help feed one child over a weekend, but what we found was that other children in the family were also relying on the food so they would have something to eat. We heard comments like this from so many… “Thank you for this food. I am very proud to provide for my brother and sister. If it weren’t for the backpack, we’d all go hungry,” said Alejandro. “I give the cereal and applesauce to my little sister, the can of beef stew and a juice box to my brother, and I keep the pudding cup, granola bar and milk box.” We knew we had to find ways to do even more —new and innovative solutions. With your support, we are doing just that. Our Childhood Hunger Initiative feeds a hungry child by feeding the entire hungry family. The program provides a combination of Food Bank hunger programs to qualifying schools. In a state that continues to rank at the top for childhood hunger, a gift today will help so many hungry children like Alejandro. Please consider a gift today!
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.
On Monday, September 15, we invite you to take a daily action during Hunger Action Month in the form of an online vote! Roadrunner Food Bank will be competing with about 130 other food banks across the nation for a chance to win a $60,000 grant. With a quick click of the mouse, your daily vote could earn funds for both Roadrunner Food Bank and three of our partner agencies that help us distribute food.