Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham: Congress Needs to Do More To Support Our Hungry Families!

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Roadrunner Food Bank Distribution Truck, At Pajarito Mesa Mobile Food Distribution, Photo Taken by Matthew “Matt” Young, March 9th 2016

New Mexico 1st Congressional District Representative, Michelle Lujan Grisham, is no stranger to advocating for her New Mexico constituents. In particular, Lujan Grisham has frequently advocated support for her hungry New Mexico constituents.

During the 2013 Congressional year, Rep. Lujan Grisham undertook a weeklong “SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Challenge” in which she and dozens of other Congressional Democrats limited their food purchases to $31.50 for a week. More recently, Rep. Lujan Grisham co-sponsored legislation during the 2015 Congressional year to “streamline access to free school breakfasts and lunches and summer meal services by giving tribes more control over the programs” through the Tribal Nutrition Improvement Act of 2015.

This past Wednesday (March 9th), Congresswoman Lujan Grisham announced with Roadrunner Food Bank of New Mexico about her support for new, proposed legislation with the Food Bank Assistance Act of 2016 at our Pajarito Mesa mobile food distribution.

 

Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham Speaking at Pajarito Mesa MFP, Photo Taken by Matthew "Matt" Young, March 9th, 2016

Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham Speaking at Pajarito Mesa Mobile Food Distribution, Photo Taken by Matthew “Matt” Young, March 9th, 2016

 

“For far too long, we have relied on the whims of Congress to decide on appropriations and funding to meet needs for our hungry children, families, and seniors,” Lujan Grisham said, “including here in New Mexico.”

“It’s about time that we call for all funding that goes towards food distribution & storage for those in need to be mandatory, and no longer caught in political limbo,” Lujan Grisham added. “We cannot afford to let 18 percent of families in New Mexico not know where their next meals will come from.”

Alongside Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham in giving remarks of support for the proposed legislation were Bernalillo County Commissioner Art De La Cruz, State Senator Michael Padilla, and Roadrunner Food Bank President & CEO Melody Wattenbarger. Given such broad support across many levels of government and with the needs of New Mexican families rising with growing pangs of hunger, we look forward to the outcomes of Congresswoman Lujan Grisham and fellow elected officials’ efforts to seek continual funding for food distribution & storage in New Mexico and nationwide. For the sake of community health, it’s the least we can do.

 

Albuquerque Job Corps Volunteer Moving Apples as Part of Pajarito Mesa Mobile Food Distribution, Photo Taken by Matthew "Matt" Young, March 9th, 2016

Albuquerque Job Corps Volunteer Moving Apples as Part of Pajarito Mesa Mobile Food Distribution, Photo Taken by Matthew “Matt” Young, March 9th, 2016

Additional thanks to community and corporate partners such as Albuquerque Job Corps, Blue Cross-Blue Shield of New Mexico, Cornerstone United Methodist Church, & the Pajarito Mesa community and beyond for making our mobile food distribution at Pajarito Mesa this past week such a resounding success in advocating & meeting needs alike!

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 matthew.young@rrfb.org. 



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