Now that September has moved on and we find ourselves in October, we wanted to thank all of you and the business, families, organizations, volunteers, agencies, & more groups who took our #Spoontember challenge and raised hunger awareness with us and food banks nationwide this #HungerActionMonth!
“Years ago, we were the ones receiving food and now we feel obligated to return the favor, give back, and prove that no matter your background, your life story, you can step up and help people out.”
Are you a hunter who is looking forward to deer, elk, or other game seasons ahead? What if we told you that not only can you enjoy the rewards of your hunting season, but that you can also help us at Roadrunner feed more hungry New Mexicans?
During the Bernalillo County NM Commission Meeting on Tuesday evening September 8th, our work at Roadrunner for #HungerActionMonth & #Spoontember gratefully received some key recognition from our elected officials.
According to our 2015 Report of Service for Bernalillo County, more than 15 percent of the county’s population qualifies as “food insecure.” Fortunately, Bernalillo County commissioners know this reality, too, and wanted to make another stance in helping us solve hunger.
Not only did the County Commissioners make a proclamation for September as marking Hunger Action Month across Bernalillo County! They also took the #Spoontember challenge and encouraged as many people across Bernalillo County as possible to take part!
Fortunately, we still have almost three weeks left in September for all of you to take part in #HungerActionMonth, in #Spoontember. With the Bernalillo County Commission and innumerable people in businesses, nonprofits, and schools across New Mexico and across the country putting orange spoons on their noses, it’s not too late for you to do the same. Besides orange spoons, though, what else can you do to support solving hunger? How about:
- Volunteering! Register to help online at www.rrfb.org/volunteer;
- Giving! Visit www.rrfb.org/giveameal and your gift has triple the impact. Bank of America will match every $1 gift with $2 more;
- And more!
Many thanks to Bernalillo County commissioners and stakeholders, & many thanks to all of you throughout the community for recognizing with us the work that has been done and the work that continues to be done in solving hunger!
Photo of Melody Wattenbarger, President & CEO of Roadrunner Food Bank (front right) with Bernalillo County Commissioners Honoring #HungerActionMonth & #Spoontember, Photo Taken September 8th, 2015.
Matthew “Matt” Young is the Communications Coordinator at Roadrunner Food Bank of New Mexico. To comment on this or other blog features, you can comment directly below; call Matthew at (505) 349-8845; or e-mail Matthew at email@example.com.
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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.