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September is Hunger Action Month!

In New Mexico, 1 in 4 children and 1 in 6 overall struggle with hunger.  High poverty rates leave many struggling to afford all their food needs. But the good news is we can solve hunger one helping at a time. Join us this month along with Feeding America’s nationwide network of food banks to generate 40,000 actions around Hunger Action Month. It can be a donation, a volunteer shift, social media posts, or sharing our calendar with 30 ways to take action this month. Every action counts, and you can be a part by joining in the conversation. When you take action on social media use #HungerActionMonth, #roadrunnerfoodbank and Tag @FeedingAmerica and your local food bank. Below are a few quick ideas to get started! Print, email and share our calendar with 30 ways to take action. Wear orange on Hunger Action Day (Sept. 12) and Friday’s this month. Share with others why you are wearing orange. Share all your #HungerActionMonth activity on social media. View the video below and share it with others to act too! Visit hungeractionmonth.org for other ways to get involved! Thank you for joining in the conversation!

Tap Into NM Craft Raises Funds for Hunger

By purchasing qualifying Tap into New Mexico Craft products, you are helping solve hunger.  It’s easy to participate! Simply look for the Tap into New Mexico Craft logo at these local restaurants and retailers carrying participating products. When you buy a qualifying product, they’ll make a donation back to Roadrunner Food Bank. Plus, your involvement helps support local wineries, brewers and spirit producers too.  Thanks to Santa Fe Spirits, Marble Brewery, St. Clair’s and others for collaborating to help solve hunger.  Together, they hope to provide 30,000 meals in our state through this unique partnership.      

Sophia’s Brown Bag Lunch

Sophia sits with her brown paper lunch bag on her lap. She watches as her classmates open their own lunches and  dive into sandwiches, salads, apples  and drinks. “How come you’re not eating, Sophia?” a little girl asks. “I’m not that hungry,” Sophia answers. Ten days later, the same scene. Sophia says she isn’t hungry. Her brown paper lunch bag sits on her lap, unopened. A caring teacher takes Sophia aside to coax her to eat. She opens Sophia’s lunch bag … and is heartbroken to see what’s inside. A crumpled ball of newspaper. Sophia had put it in the bag to make it look like there was food inside. Her family was going through tough times and food was scarce. She was too ashamed to admit she had no lunch. Roadrunner Food Bank works year-round to make sure our community’s children have enough nutritious food to help their bodies and minds grow up strong and healthy. But we can’t do it without you. Help a child like Sophia grow today and you’ll help ensure a better, brighter tomorrow for everyone.

Map the Meal Gap Released in May

Roadrunner® Food Bank of New Mexico announced the release of Map the Meal Gap 2019, the latest report by Feeding America® on hunger and the cost of food at both the county and congressional district level. Currently, it is the only study that provides food insecurity data at the county level. Map the Meal Gap 2019 revealed that New Mexico ranks among the worst in the nation for childhood hunger. One in four children is at risk, or 24.1 percent.  Additionally, it shows 15.8 percent or 324,000 people in New Mexico are at-risk of hunger. Map the Meal Gap confirms that hunger exists in every county in Roadrunner Food Bank’s service area. Hunger rates range from a low of 9.3 percent of the overall population in Guadalupe County up to 26 percent of the overall population in McKinley County for the overall population. Nationwide, the average hunger rate across all counties is 12.5 percent. New Mexico ranks sixth worst among all states when looking at the entire overall population. In New Mexico, children are much worse off and more likely to experience hunger compared to the overall population in the state and across the U.S.  Rates in the state range from a low of 17.1 percent of children at-risk of hunger in Los Alamos County to a high of 33.5 percent of children at-risk of hunger in McKinley County. The national hunger rate for children is 17 percent.  New Mexico has nearly twice the childhood hunger rate compared to the national hunger rate in the U.S. The analysis also finds that a percentage of New Mexicans in food insecure households are likely to be ineligible for federal nutrition assistance. Under current program requirements, many low-income households make a little much to qualify for programs such as SNAP (food stamps). These households must rely heavily on charitable food assistance programs like Roadrunner’s statewide hunger relief network. “Federal nutrition programs provide an important source of meals for those with extremely low-incomes in our state.  However, many fall into a gap.  On paper these households technically are still in poverty, but make just a little too much to qualify for SNAP benefits.  If they do qualify, it may only be a small amount,” said Mag Strittmatter, president and CEO of Roadrunner Food Bank. “The households in this gap are often the most food insecure and count on charitable food assistance programs. There is no other resource for these family to turn to for help, and our statewide charitable hunger network provides the emergency food they need to for their family to escape hunger.” Top Five New Mexico Counties for Child Hunger                                           McKinley County – 33.5 percent Luna County – 33.4 percent Cibola County – 30.4 percent Catron County – 30.4 percent Sierra County – 27.8 percent Top Five New Mexico Counties for Overall Hunger McKinley County – 26 percent Luna County – 20.7 percent Cibola County – 19.8 percent San Juan County – 19.6 percent Sierra County – 19 percent For more information …

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!

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