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Water Donations Are Important Too!

Thanks to a generous donation from Crystal Springs, Roadrunner Food Bank has roughly $16,000 worth of water to distribute to partners across our state.  Water is very important for hunger organizations to have on hand.  Why?  Some of the locations where we bring and then distribute food have no or little access to utilities.  And hungry people living in those remote locations not only are experiencing hunger, but they also are trying to figure out how to keep their perishable food from spoiling or must haul in water to drink, wash dishes, do laundry, etc.

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Many of us just assume that living in 21st century America means everyone has access to running water or electricity in their home.  However, just a 20 minute drive from the Food Bank, there are several communities with no electricity or running water.  They rely on power generators and haul water to their home. For a population already struggling, finding and securing clean water and power adds many more steps to an already complicated existence.

Having a supply of water on hand at the Food Bank also ensures water is available during times of disaster.  When unexpected disasters happen, we have water ready to send to the affected community immediately.  When the Magdalena community’s well ran dry, our hunger-relief partners reached out to us immediately and asked what we could do to help.  Until a more permanent solution could be found, we provided our partners clean drinking water to the community of Magdalena right away.

There have been other times too that having water available in our inventory was important during a natural disaster.  Flooding in southern New Mexico has been a regular occurrence these past few summers.  We often partner with other organizations like the American Red Cross or our hunger-relief network of food pantries to bring clean drinking water to communities experiencing flooding and people become displaced from their homes.

Flooding often leaves the current drinking water filled with sediment or other debris unsuitable for people to drink.  When that happens, communities put a boiling restriction on water from the tap or ask the community not to drink the water at all until the issue has been resolved.   As a disaster responder we work with the necessary organizations when our help is needed and provide both water and emergency food too.

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Thank you to Crystal Springs and the many donors who provide us clean drinking water so we have it on hand the moment it is needed.

Sonya Warwick is the Communications Manager at Roadrunner Food Bank.

We got the grant – THANK YOU!

We cannot thank our dedicated community of supporters enough!  We have won a $60,000 grant from Walmart’s Fight Hunger, Spark Change campaign to help solve child hunger – and it’s all because of your votes!  Roadrunner Food Bank will be given $45,000 for our Childhood Hunger Initiative (CHI).  In addition, three of our partner agencies—the Rio Grande Food Project, The Storehouse and the Holy Family St. Vincent de Paul’s program—will also receive $5,000 each! (more…)

An Honor From Our Community

Earlier this month, Roadrunner Food Bank was honored in a very special way by Albuquerque Business First.  During a breakfast event among top-notch non-profit peers, local businesses, philanthropic community members and others, Roadrunner Food Bank was selected as the winner of the 2014 Non-profit of the Year Award in the Human Services category. (more…)

Cardboard and Plastic and Aluminum – Oh my!

We partnered with Expo New Mexico and the New Mexico State Fair for the first time this year to help feed our hungry neighbors while reducing waste.  We set up 42 recycling collection bins all around the grounds of Expo New Mexico.  When guests placed aluminum, plastic or cardboard in the bins, they helped solve hunger while protecting the environment. (more…)

Your Vote Counts During Hunger Action Month!

On Monday, September 15, we invite you to take a daily action during Hunger Action Month in the form of an online vote!  Roadrunner Food Bank will be competing with about 130 other food banks across the nation for a chance to win a $60,000 grant.  With a quick click of the mouse, your daily vote could earn funds for both Roadrunner Food Bank and three of our partner agencies that help us distribute food. (more…)

It’s Hunger Action Month, and We’re All About Orange!

Carrots, oranges, cantaloupe and habanero peppers– while there aren’t a lot of orange foods, the color orange can help us ensure that hungry people in New Mexico have enough to eat this September.  That’s because September is Hunger Action Month, and the color orange raises awareness about hunger. (more…)

Food, Farming & Football

For the second consecutive year, the New Mexico State football team’s season opener will coincide with Agriculture Day as the Aggies face the Cal-Poly University Mustangs, Thursday, Aug. 28, at 6 p.m. at the Aggie Memorial Stadium.  The Ag Day tailgating festivities will take place in Parking Lot A, just north of the stadium, from 3-6 p.m. (more…)

Families Facing Hunger

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…)

Hungry for Knowledge, Rather Than Just Hungry

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…)

Cold Water or Warm Hearts

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
  • OR
  • I had to donate $100 to my friend’s charity of choice. (more…)

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