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Why Solving Summer Hunger Matters

Solving Summer Hunger Brings Kids, Families, Communities Together! Photo Courtesy of Sonya Warwick

Solving Summer Hunger Brings Kids, Families, Communities Together! Photo Courtesy of Sonya Warwick

“Fewer than 4 million kids — or just 18% of those in the school lunch program — are fed through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s summer food program. While that’s a record number for the 40-year-old initiative, many advocates and government officials say more needs to be done.

‘In the summer, when those school meals disappear, children find themselves hungry and with few options,’ said Duke Storen, a senior director at Share Our Strength, which aims to end child hunger. ‘It impacts their health and well-being and contributes to learning loss.’ ” 

  Tami Luby, “When School’s Out, Millions of Kids Go Hungry”

It’s a curious thing when you think about it, “summer vacation.”

How can a time of enjoyment, of fun for so many American kids and families, also mark a time of anxiety, insecurity, even malnutrition for millions more American kids and families?

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Help Us & American Home Feed Hungry Families Across New Mexico This Summer!

Help Us & American Home Feed More New Mexicans This Summer, June 10-19! Image Courtesy of Sonya Warwick

Help Us & American Home Feed More New Mexicans This Summer, June 10-19! Image Courtesy of Sonya Warwick

Thanks to American Home for donating 5 percent of their sales to hunger relief from June 10-19! Their efforts help us at Roadrunner Food Bank to solve hunger across New Mexico this summer! During 2015 alone, American Home’s sales campaigns in partnership with us allowed them to give our work more than $23,000 and made 115,000 more meals possible for our clients statewide!

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Solving Senior Hunger: Meet Mary Martinez

Mary Martinez Picking Potatoes at Roadrunner's Healthy Foods Center; Photo Taken May 23rd, 2016 by Matt Young

Mary Martinez Picking Potatoes at Roadrunner’s Healthy Foods Center; Photo Taken May 23rd, 2016 by Matt Young

In many ways, Mary Martinez could very well be your next door neighbor. She’s not afraid to share that she’s 63 years old. She loves cooking and gardening at her and her husband’s home in the North Valley of Albuquerque. She has five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Also, like many of our neighbors in New Mexico, Mary and her husband until recently faced daily food insecurity. They didn’t know where their next meal would come from.

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Help Us Stamp Out Hunger!

Open to All Ages, Stamp Out Hunger Invites You to Help Solve Hunger in New Mexico! Photo Taken By Julie Anderson, 2015

Open to All Ages, Stamp Out Hunger Invites You to Help Solve Hunger in New Mexico! Photo Taken By Julie Anderson, 2015

Tomorrow (Saturday May 14th), you have a huge opportunity to help us at Roadrunner Food Bank “Stamp Out Hunger” for the more than +358,000 hungry people across New Mexico, including +136,000 children statewide!

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Roadrunner & The Community Garden Together

A "Weed And Seed" Volunteer Talks to 5th Graders About Growing Seeds, Las Cruces, Photo Courtesy of Shelby Stuckel, April 2016

A “Weed And Seed” Volunteer Talks to 5th Graders About Growing Seeds, Las Cruces, Photo Courtesy of Shelby Stuckel, April 2016

 

As spring weather continues to build into New Mexico, we at Roadrunner Food Bank of New Mexico feel inspired to invite the communities we serve to help us grow fresh produce over the coming months. From Albuquerque to Las Cruces, Roadrunner team members are working with area schools and community health partners to cultivate herbs and vegetables in raised beds as part of our growing effort to “FEED, SEED, LEAD” across New Mexico!

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“Going Greener” With A Solarized Roof to Make More Meals Possible!

Drone Photo of Roadrunner Food Bank Roof Solar Array, As Of April 8th, 2016; Photo Courtesy of Affordable Solar

Drone Photo of Roadrunner Food Bank Roof Solar Array, As Of April 8th, 2016; Photo Courtesy of Affordable Solar

This past Tuesday (April 12th), Roadrunner Food Bank invited Affordable Solar and other community partners to celebrate more than six year of accomplishments in environmental stewardship.

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Bataan Memorial Death March 2016: Honoring Those Who Gave To Their Country By Giving Back To Our Hungry Neighbors

2016 Bataan Memorial Death Marchers Meet 1942 Bataan Death March Veterans, March 20th, 2016, Photo Courtesy of Brian Brown & Shelby Stuckel

On March 20th, 2016, more than 6,000 U.S. active-duty military personnel from across the world converged in the desert of White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. They all had one mission: Complete a 26.2-mile Bataan Memorial Death March to honor those who gave to their country during World War II. Yet, many took on an additional mission for hungry New Mexicans: Carry as much food on their backs as physically possible to give to us at Roadrunner Food Bank.

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Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham: Congress Needs to Do More To Support Our Hungry Families!

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Roadrunner Food Bank Distribution Truck, At Pajarito Mesa Mobile Food Distribution, Photo Taken by Matthew “Matt” Young, March 9th 2016

New Mexico 1st Congressional District Representative, Michelle Lujan Grisham, is no stranger to advocating for her New Mexico constituents. In particular, Lujan Grisham has frequently advocated support for her hungry New Mexico constituents.

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Partner Profile: God’s Warehouse, Part II

God's Warehouse During Tuesday Afternoon Distribution, Photo Taken by Matthew "Matt" Young, February 23rd, 2016.

God’s Warehouse During Tuesday Afternoon Distribution,
Photo Taken by Matthew “Matt” Young, February 23rd, 2016.

“See, I lived on the streets, not far from here for more than 20 years,” Orlando opened up. “It was only in the last couple of years when I was referred to Healthcare for the Homeless, and eventually there, recommended to God’s Warehouse in my life.”

— Orlando G., God’s Warehouse Client & Volunteer

*To learn more background about the operations & services of God’s Warehouse and to catch up with Part I of our Partner Profile, visit last week’s blog feature “Partner Profile: God’s Warehouse, Part I” at: http://www.rrfb.org/partner-profile-gods-warehouse-part-i/  .  

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Partner Profile: God’s Warehouse, Part I

 

God's Warehouse Front Side, February 23rd, 2016. Photo courtesy of Matthew "Matt" Young.

God’s Warehouse Front Side, February 23rd, 2016.
Photo courtesy of Matthew “Matt” Young.

“What I’ve especially loved seeing here since starting out some years ago would be how people passionate to help others come together and grow together.”

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