Did you know that in New Mexico, 1 in 3 children still don’t know where their next meal will come from? Even accounting for adults, families, and seniors, 1 in 5 people across our state still don’t have regular, healthy access to nutritious food.
On the surface, you’d think Kate was an ordinary girl with an ordinary life. But what you don’t know is that Kate is hungry. She usually does well in school, but lately, she hasn’t done well and has even missed some days. When her teacher asked her what was wrong, Kate told her that her dad had lost his job and now, there’s not much food at home. Kate is so hungry she can’t concentrate on her schoolwork.
During the last weeks of their AmeriCorps Summer VISTA internships, Candace Moore & Osha Ogden have contributed greatly with Roadrunner to enrolling clients to receive SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits. This week, we feature the reflections from Osha Ogden. Thank you, Candace & Osha, for helping us solve hunger across New Mexico!
During the last weeks of our AmeriCorps Summer VISTA internships, Candace Moore & Osha Ogden have contributed greatly with Roadrunner to enrolling clients to receive SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits. This week, we wanted to share the reflections from Summer VISTA leader, Candace Moore. Next week, we will feature the reflections from Osha Ogden. Thank you, Candace & Osha, for helping us solve hunger across New Mexico!
To read earlier installments of the “Building Mental Health Through Fresh Produce” series, visit our main blog page.
Granted, the Almas de Amistad study was a small sample size and follow-up studies need to be conducted to verify and replicate these results. Still, the Almas staff believe these results could prove pivotal within the Albuquerque community and beyond.
To read the earlier installment of the “Building Mental Health Through Fresh Produce” series, visit our main blog page.
Valerie Gurule, Administrative Assistant at Almas and chief liaison between Almas de Amistad and Roadrunner on food orders stated:
“Previously, the families we serve had been getting processed, lower-nutrition foods because of their limited budget. The services provided at Almas are funded through a federal grant and there is no budget for food. We had few to no options with acquiring healthy foods, fruits and vegetables to meet the need.”
*NOTE: This is the first of a three-part blog feature. Stay tuned over the next two weeks to learn more about building mental health through fresh produce.
“It’s amazing what providing heathy food will do for people.”
From Valerie Gurule, Almas de Amistad-Amity Foundation
Could providing healthy food and fresh produce and reducing food insecurity improve mental health?
Are you wanting to give back to your community in a fun way? Are you single or do you have family and friends who are single?
If you answer “YES!” to either question, then we at Roadrunner Food Bank want to invite you here to our FIRST EVER SINGLES VOLUNTEER NIGHT on Friday August 7th!
A recent PBS NewsHour-NPR report highlighted a growing reality across the United States and one growing in New Mexico. According to one of their sources from a 2014 Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) report, “anywhere from 1 percent to 30 percent of farmers’ crops don’t make it to market.” Furthermore, “eighty percent of our water, 10 percent of our energy, 40 percent of our land is used to grow our food.” In New Mexico alone, food waste ranks in thousands upon thousands of pounds each year. Yet, as food waste seems inevitably to be mounting, so are innovative programs to resolve this heaping problem, nationwide and here in New Mexico with Roadrunner.