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. (more…)
Carrots, oranges, cantaloupe and habanero peppers– while there aren’t a lot of orange foods, the color orange can help us ensure that hungry people in New Mexico have enough to eat this September. That’s because September is Hunger Action Month, and the color orange raises awareness about hunger. (more…)
For the second consecutive year, the New Mexico State football team’s season opener will coincide with Agriculture Day as the Aggies face the Cal-Poly University Mustangs, Thursday, Aug. 28, at 6 p.m. at the Aggie Memorial Stadium. The Ag Day tailgating festivities will take place in Parking Lot A, just north of the stadium, from 3-6 p.m. (more…)
Hunger has an impact on us all, whether we are personally experiencing hunger or not. Hunger could be affecting your co-worker, your neighbor, your child’s best friend – anyone in our community could potentially be suffering from hunger in silence. Working families with children make up a large number of the clients we serve who need help with food. Without a doubt, hunger hits children the hardest. (more…)
I’d like to think I was lucky to grow up in a home where we always had food. Our shelves might have been stocked with the cheapest options at the grocery store, but I was never worried there wouldn’t be anything to eat. That is not the reality for many children in our state. It was not the reality for many kids I went to school with, it was not the reality for many elementary-school children my mother taught for 30 years and it is not the reality for many of my husband’s students today. (more…)
A few weeks ago I opened my Facebook page to find a tag from one of my best friends. She had tagged me in a video she posted, and naturally curious, I watched the video. To my horror, she had “called me out” to participate in an ice bucket challenge. What does this mean you ask? It meant that I could either:
- dump a large amount of ice water on my head, record it, and post it
- I had to donate $100 to my friend’s charity of choice. (more…)
“We always share our food, we are not muertos de hambre.” That’s a slang term used by my family, for poor, hungry people. Those are words I heard from my mom all the time as a kid. We never denied people who were visiting us food or the chance to get seconds or take leftovers home. We always made more than enough for everyone. There were times I was not sure who my mom and grandma were cooking for because there was always enough for an entire army. I was never sure as a kid why they cooked like that and were always so willing to share with others. It was not until I was older that I found out why. (more…)
Sometimes all the pieces fall in place when you try to do something that will help people.
Roadrunner Food Bank had considered putting together a small, community garden pilot project for a few years. We thought the best approach was to find a food pantry with the ability to plant a garden. Produce grown on site could be given out to clients attending the regular food pantry distribution. As great as this sounded, we knew that this would simply supplement the regular food boxes. The clients would get some wonderful locally grown vegetables, but not much else. (more…)
The cherry and apricot trees in La Luz, N.M., were still loaded with fruit when a group of U.S. Forest Service employees joined forces with Roadrunner Food Bank and La Montanita Co-op last week to glean fresh, healthy produce for people in need.
Our hosts at the Nichols Ranch and Orchard gave us the opportunity to pick 1,000 pounds of cherries and apricots as part of the Feds Feed Families campaign, a national initiative to help food banks and pantries stay stocked during the summer months when they traditionally see a decrease in donations and an increase in need. (more…)
This summer, staff of the Food Bank have been attending The Peak’s Free Summer Fun Roadshow event as part of a joint effort to raise food and awareness around the issue of hunger. The Peak has provided their Free Summer Fun Roadshow events along with each site for FREE and asked that attendees bring in non-perishable food donations for the Food Bank. It is an easy way to give, address the growing hunger situation in our state, and enjoy some fun at the same time. (more…)