Collaborating For Communities: Building Self-Sufficiency, one Community at a Time

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 Compressed C4C Feed Dayrelief 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.

The power of community was very evident in our trip to Lincoln County last week.  We spent three days meeting with feeding agencies, elected officials and community members discussing the current state of hunger in the county and what the community can do about it.  We were greeted with enthusiasm and a lively discussion that helped us all get a clear picture on the obstacles that our agencies are facing.  We were inspired by the ideas generated about how to work past obstacles and by the thoughts on real solutions that can be implemented soon.  Our staff was able to present to both the Ruidoso and Capitan Village Councils and welcomed many questions about hunger issues in the county.  We were graciously hosted by Food4Kids, who opened up their pantry and backpack packing site to give the community a look behind the scenes.  There was a tremendous amount of support in Lincoln County.Feed Mtg 8

Most exciting for me is the continued work we will do.  We will capitalize on the support of county partners, elected officials, and community members to create the Lincoln County Hunger Collaboration.  The collaboration will determine priority areas to focus our hunger efforts, and with facilitation from RRFB, will work to become a self-sustaining community.  One that is able to identify and address hunger issues in their county.  A community that will not only treat hunger as a standalone issue, but will work with other organizations, including local municipalities and government, to treat hunger as a symptom of poverty and the many complex issues that come with it.

For more information on Collaborating for Communities in Lincoln County, please contact Tabatha Bennett at (505) 349-5342.

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