As the smell of green chili leaves the air and the final leaves fall from the trees, we prepare for the holiday season, our busiest time of the year. Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching and we are working longer hours and hustling hard to make sure we have enough food in our inventory to meet the increasing needs for struggling families this holiday season. Working at a Food Bank gives us a different perspective when it comes to Thanksgiving. For our staff here at Roadrunner, Thanksgiving means a day off after a 10 day stretch to ensure we can obtain and distribute food for our hungry neighbors this holiday season. And as we sit down to eat and enjoy time with our families, in the back of our minds, we know there are thousands of New Mexicans out there who aren’t worried about overcooking the turkey or making sure there aren’t any lumps in the mashed potatoes… they worry about having food on their table.
This November struggling families will suffer even more. This is because on November 1st, SNAP benefits (formerly known as food stamps) will decrease, going back to pre-recession levels. This means that people will turn to food banks, like Roadrunner, to help make up that difference. We are bracing ourselves for the increasing demand and turning to our supports for help.
Please consider participating in our Holiday Food & Fund Drive to help us stock our shelves and obtain more food. We recently rolled out a brand new Online Holiday Food and & Fund Drive site. Visit www.rrfb.org/ofd to register a team, join a team or register as an individual. The site allows you to set up a fundraising webpage and send email messages asking friends, family and colleagues to support your efforts. This is a great way for organizations to compete against one another and provides friendly competition among co-workers. The money donated is tax-deductible and donors receive a receipt for each gift made through the website. The funds contributed enable us to obtain more food! The drive can take place from any computer without the hassle of collecting heavy food items or handling bulky food collection barrels. For every $1 contributed to the Online Food & Fund Drive, Roadrunner Food Bank is able to distribute 5 meals.
If computers aren’t your thing, you can still get involved by participating in our Letter Carriers Food Drive on Saturday, November 23rd. Simply leave out non-perishable food at your mailbox and your letter carrier will pick it up for you. You can also drop off food to any Smith’s Food and Drug location during the month of November. Lastly, please consider making a financial contribution to Roadrunner by mailing in a check to 5840 Office Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109 or calling or financial donation line at: 505.247.2052. Get involved in the fight against hunger, help us stock our shelves, and feel good knowing you are helping to give our hungry neighbors a Thanksgiving to remember.
Donna Marlow is the Strategic Giving Manager at Roadrunner Food Bank.