Hunger has an impact on us all, whether we are personally experiencing hunger or not. Hunger could be affecting your co-worker, your neighbor, your child’s best friend – anyone in our community could potentially be suffering from hunger in silence. Working families with children make up a large number of the clients we serve who need help with food. Without a doubt, hunger hits children the hardest. (more…)
I’d like to think I was lucky to grow up in a home where we always had food. Our shelves might have been stocked with the cheapest options at the grocery store, but I was never worried there wouldn’t be anything to eat. That is not the reality for many children in our state. It was not the reality for many kids I went to school with, it was not the reality for many elementary-school children my mother taught for 30 years and it is not the reality for many of my husband’s students today. (more…)
A few weeks ago I opened my Facebook page to find a tag from one of my best friends. She had tagged me in a video she posted, and naturally curious, I watched the video. To my horror, she had “called me out” to participate in an ice bucket challenge. What does this mean you ask? It meant that I could either:
- dump a large amount of ice water on my head, record it, and post it
- I had to donate $100 to my friend’s charity of choice. (more…)
“We always share our food, we are not muertos de hambre.” That’s a slang term used by my family, for poor, hungry people. Those are words I heard from my mom all the time as a kid. We never denied people who were visiting us food or the chance to get seconds or take leftovers home. We always made more than enough for everyone. There were times I was not sure who my mom and grandma were cooking for because there was always enough for an entire army. I was never sure as a kid why they cooked like that and were always so willing to share with others. It was not until I was older that I found out why. (more…)
Sometimes all the pieces fall in place when you try to do something that will help people.
Roadrunner Food Bank had considered putting together a small, community garden pilot project for a few years. We thought the best approach was to find a food pantry with the ability to plant a garden. Produce grown on site could be given out to clients attending the regular food pantry distribution. As great as this sounded, we knew that this would simply supplement the regular food boxes. The clients would get some wonderful locally grown vegetables, but not much else. (more…)
The cherry and apricot trees in La Luz, N.M., were still loaded with fruit when a group of U.S. Forest Service employees joined forces with Roadrunner Food Bank and La Montanita Co-op last week to glean fresh, healthy produce for people in need.
Our hosts at the Nichols Ranch and Orchard gave us the opportunity to pick 1,000 pounds of cherries and apricots as part of the Feds Feed Families campaign, a national initiative to help food banks and pantries stay stocked during the summer months when they traditionally see a decrease in donations and an increase in need. (more…)
This summer, staff of the Food Bank have been attending The Peak’s Free Summer Fun Roadshow event as part of a joint effort to raise food and awareness around the issue of hunger. The Peak has provided their Free Summer Fun Roadshow events along with each site for FREE and asked that attendees bring in non-perishable food donations for the Food Bank. It is an easy way to give, address the growing hunger situation in our state, and enjoy some fun at the same time. (more…)
Imagine that you are a single mom of two and also care for your young niece. You had a job, but have recently been laid off. You are falling behind on your electric bill, and your natural gas has already been shut off. You don’t have much gasoline left in your car. You’re left with just a few boxes of cereal, a pound of hamburger, and some condiments – aside from that, your refrigerator and pantry are bare. That is the situation that Denise found herself facing.
I’ve been an employee of the Food Bank for about six weeks now, and just yesterday had the opportunity to attend my first food box distribution. In Albuquerque’s South Valley, The Holy Family Parish is one of our largest partner agencies and gives food to hungry families through a twice-weekly on-site pantry and a monthly Mobile Food Pantry. At yesterday’s Mobile distribution, I accompanied three of our AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteers and three members of Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham’s staff to help with our SNAP Outreach program. (more…)
You might ask yourself what Breaking Bad, ballooning and baseball could possibly have in common. Well, they are all part of the story of how prepared food rescue is feeding the hungry in Albuquerque.
While filming the television series Breaking Bad in Albuquerque, actor Bryan Cranston approached Mayor Richard Berry about the idea of rescuing leftover food items from the on-set catering to feed New Mexico’s hungry. Mayor Berry and Ann Lerner of the City of Albuquerque’s Film Office loved the idea! However, because the show was nearing the end of shooting, food from Breaking Bad was never rescued – but the concept had taken hold! (more…)
Like we needed another reason to love Chili’s® Grill and Bar – from June 16-19, all Chili’s locations in New Mexico will donate 15% of their net sales to Roadrunner Food Bank as part of their Chili’s Give Back Days for Hunger. You can enjoy sizzling fajitas and a sweet dessert knowing that you’re indulging for a good cause!
It’s easy to participate – all you have to do is show up and bring your appetite. Be sure to mention that you are there as part of Chili’s Give Back Days for Hunger. You can either bring in THIS FLIER or mention the Food Bank to your server – the restaurants will take care of the rest. You’ll leave with a full stomach and a light heart. (more…)