Back in January, Roadrunner received a generous $10,000 grant from the National Dairy Council. Thanks to such funding, Roadrunner granted cold storage to 20 agencies because 7 of these agencies had no cold storage prior to the grant.
USDA-FNS Undersecretary Kevin Concannon & Roadrunner Food Bank of New Mexico:
Making Room At the Table for Policymakers & Hungry Communities Alike
“The reality of hunger should challenge us to go beyond sanitized words and actions, and should inform our community and our political leadership to continue taking vital steps towards hunger relief across the country.”
On Sunday June 21st, you have the opportunity to not only celebrate your father, grandfather, and other favorite men in your life this Father’s Day. You can also help Roadrunner in our mission of feeding and empowering more than 70,000 hungry New Mexicans every week. These include many fathers who are doing their best to support their children, their families.
Making Room At The Table, Part I:
Come To The Table: Seeing Hunger As A Health Issue
“We are driven to sustain a process of building healthier communities one life at a time, through safe, high-quality services, exceptional experiences, and seeing hunger as a community health issue.”
Dr. Randy Oostra,
President & CEO, ProMedica
Here in Las Cruces, May has been a very exciting month! On May 6th, we had our first SHI (Senior Hunger Initiative) distribution here in Dona Ana County. This distribution was one of three SHI sites that will be in Dona Ana County soon. This particular SHI is located at one of the senior homes in Las Cruces.
With Memorial Day weekend coming up, we wanted to take some time to honor those who offer some of the deepest public service in our country: our armed forces and veterans. At Roadrunner, we know all too well the troubled reality for veterans returning from combat, be it in the last few months or decades since their formal service concluded. One in four of the households Roadrunner serves have a family member who qualifies as a veteran. Yet, our organization alone cannot feed this sizable population of our state and why we are beyond grateful for the support of our partner agencies. Partner agencies such as the New Mexico-Veterans Integration Centers.
What a Stamp Out Hunger food drive day all of you across Albuquerque and Rio Rancho helped us pull off this past Saturday!
Thanks to your more than generous communitywide support, the U.S. Postal Service & National Association of Letter Carriers helped us receive more than 205,000 pounds of food in one day! This means 205,000 additional pounds of food to feed our hungry children, families, and seniors across New Mexico through one of our hungriest times of year, the summer!
As one might imagine, this proved no easy feat in terms of labor time, logistics, or sheer physical force to pull off such numbers within a 24-hour period. More than a few Roadrunner staff, U.S. Postal Service staff, and community volunteers stayed through 9 or 10 pm after starting at 2 pm to finish arranging & loading nonperishable foods. Effectively, a 7 or 8-hour work day.
Nevertheless, in the face of such hours and pounds of food, we remained dedicated to our mission of feeding our hungry neighbors. Stories such as this one we heard on Saturday kept our energy and spirits alike going:
“Thank you and the U.S. Postal Service for connecting food to help those that need assistance!
As a kid, I remember a food bank helping our family when we needed assistance after our home burned. This would be the first of several times when we needed assistance.
For all this and more, I’m sharing out two more boxes of food for Stamp Out Hunger. We cannot stop making a difference in peoples’ lives.
Again, thank you so much for all you do!”
For further words of inspiration and motivation for all of us, United Farm Workers’ co-founder & labor organizer Cesar Chavez once spoke of the power of community drive. Drive more than visible during this year’s Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Chavez shared this:
“We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community… Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.”
Thank you, U.S. Postal Service, the National Association of Letter Carriers, National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, United Way, AFL-CIO, Feeding America, Valpak, Valassis, Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham’s office staff, and all of the supporting businesses, organizations, & volunteers who helped make Stamp Out Hunger 2015 rock for all of us! We’ll be posting more photos from Saturday throughout the week, but wanted to launch it off with a massive THANK YOU! We could not #meetneeds without all of you!
Photo Courtesy of Tabatha Bennett, from Five Points Postal Office Substation, Which Received an Estimated 20,000 Pounds of Food on Saturday!
Matthew Young is the Communications Coordinator at Roadrunner Food Bank of New Mexico. To share your thoughts on this post or other past ones of his, you can comment below; call him directly at (505) 349-8845; or e-mail him at email@example.com.
This coming weekend, May 9th-10th, marks an exciting time for Roadrunner! Not only will we facilitate one of our larger food drives of the year this Saturday May 9th with Stamp Out Hunger. On Sunday May 10th, Mother’s Day arrives! Now, you may be asking yourself, “How can I celebrate the work of Roadrunner and my mom in the same weekend?” We would like to help show you how AND to get the most out of your weekend!
Data shows us that food insecurity and health go hand in hand. Food-insecure individuals are more likely to experience colds, stomach aches and migraines and suffer from generally poorer health than food secure individuals. In 2014, Feeding America conducted the Hunger in America study and found some staggering statistics about New Mexico’s pantry clients:
Meet Michael, a Vietnam-era U.S. Marine Corps veteran and one of our former clients whom we met at the New Mexico Veterans’ Integration Center (VIC) recently. Ten years ago, Michael was living homeless in Albuquerque when VIC first opened its doors.