Meet Ted, a Northeast Albuquerque resident for over 12 years and someone who has lived a life of service for over four decades. Since serving in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, Ted has taken on odd jobs and worked through life on his veterans’ benefits and more recently, on disability benefits since his diagnosis with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and other ailments. Over the last few years, though, Ted has been picking up food and distributing food to his elderly neighbors from the nearby God Cares About You food pantry in northeast Albuquerque.
I am consistently overwhelmed by the people I meet through my work at Roadrunner Food Bank. As a Community Programs Manager, I am able to meet the hard working individuals responsible for operating our partner agencies. Often times they are volunteers that are called to serve after witnessing hunger in their community. Maybe they were compelled by the child that hoards food at an early age because he does not know when he might eat again, or the hungry neighbor that wanted just a slice of bread or perhaps the feeling of relief on a mother’s face when she picks up a food box. Whatever the reason, these individuals give their time to ensure that their neighbors are fed.
This past Saturday (February 7th), Boy Scout Troop 174 and Pack 121 represented cheerfully the Great Southwest Council of the Boy Scouts of America in Albuquerque during the Annual Scouting for Food Drive. Each year, the Scouting for Food Drive gathers food from across the state to donate to various food relief organizations, including us at Roadrunner!
As of February 12th, these Boy Scouts and their leaders collected more than 3,415 pounds of nonperishable food donations from across the Albuquerque community! More pounds are continuing to be counted and we will let you know once we have our final total amounts calculated.
Also on February 7th and further south in Las Cruces, local Boy Scouts from the Yucca Council spread out to let their neighbors know about their February 14th food collection. Las Cruces residents, be ready to swing by your Lowe’s Market to drop off nonperishable donations and support more of our hungry New Mexican neighbors!
Many thanks to the Great Southwest and Yucca Councils of the Boy Scouts of America; Smith’s Food & Drug Stores; and Lowe’s Markets for helping us make Scouting for Food 2015 here in New Mexico productive and successful!
Finally, thanks to all of you in the community who came out and donated nonperishable foods this past Saturday! We could not fulfill our mission of feeding every hungry New Mexican today, seeding partnerships that build self-sufficiency, and leading to achieve a vision of permanently ending hunger in New Mexico without all of you. We look forward to 2016!
Thanks for your service, Boy Scout Troop 174 & Pack 121 of the Great Southwest Council of the Boy Scouts of America!
Photos Courtesy of Sonya Warwick, From February 7th, 2015
Matthew Young is the Communications Coordinator at Roadrunner Food Bank of New Mexico, based out of their Albuquerque offices. If you have questions or comments about this blog feature or past ones, e-mail Matthew at email@example.com.
For over 10 years, our partner agency the New Beginnings Church of God in Albuquerque has provided Tuesday and Thursday distributions to anyone who comes through its doors. During these past 10 years, New Beginnings’ food distribution has increased through the recession.
There are few organizations in New Mexico who have served the food assistance needs of hungry communities as long as our partner agency, the Storehouse at 106 Broadway SE in Albuquerque. For over 50 years, the Storehouse has opened its doors to its clients in need of free food and clothing. During 2013 alone, the Storehouse registered over 80,000 clients for its services.
What could be as fun and arguably even tastier than the NFL Super Bowl football championship next weekend? How about Roadrunner Food Bank’s Souper Bowl 2015?!
This is a soup and dessert sampling event featuring this year more than 30 restaurants and chefs, from Bocadillos to Forque Kitchen Bar & Grill to many others! In addition to featuring knockout food, guests can enjoy live music from The Peacemakers, bid at a silent auction, and bring home restaurant-quality soups after the event for $5! Attendees also can participate in our People’s Choice voting, selecting your favorite soups, vegetarian soups, desserts, and booth.
Souper Bowl 2015 will take place on Saturday January 24th at our Albuquerque Branch. Souper Bowl hours are from 11 am to 2 pm. Tickets are $40 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 and under through Friday January 23rd at 4 pm.
To buy early-bird tickets: Call 505.349.8921. Early-bird ticket prices are still available through Friday January 23rd at 4 pm.
Any tickets purchased until the day of the event will be held at Will Call. Tickets prices the day of the event are $45 at the door.
Last year’s Souper Bowl was named as the Weekly Alibi’s Best of Burque in the category of charity events.
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At Roadrunner, we are fortunate to have the capacity to leverage resources needed to nourish 70,000 New Mexicans each week. Recently, we found ourselves especially grateful to receive a $10,000 grant from the National Dairy Council (NDC), which allows us to purchase 10 freezer-less refrigerators and 10 chest freezers to share with our hardworking partner agencies! These freezers are helping increase the amount of fresh, healthy perishable food our hungry neighbors need.
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