To read last week’s Part I of “Building Mental Health Through Fresh Produce,” visit back to our story link here.
Valerie Gurule, Administrative Assistant at Almas and chief liaison between Almas de Amistad and Roadrunner on food orders, described what had been the past circumstances for Almas de Amistad to order food:
“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.”
For most of us, cookouts make some of the best summertime memories. Everyone has a plate filled to the brim with delicious food! No one gets left out. And a gift to Roadrunner Food Bank ensures that none of our hungry neighbors get left out either.
We help neighbors like Luis. He works in construction 60+ hours a week, but doesn’t earn enough to make ends meet most of the time. His wife, Ana, stays home to care for their three young children because the cost of daycare would eat up her entire paycheck and part of his.
Money is tight and Ana reminds her kids to limit how much they put on their plates. Her oldest bravely said, “Don’t worry, Mama, I’ll just chew longer so it seems like more food.”
Luis and Ana are so relieved to know there is food available for their family when they need it. They even return any items they can’t use. Luis told us, “We know many others are desperately in need of a helping hand.”
Please help with a gift today so we can fill empty plates and expand our reach to feed more of our hungry neighbors.
Thank you for being a part of our Food Bank family and thank you for giving!
*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!