We Need You This 2015 Holiday Fund Drive Season!
70,000 people face hunger daily across New Mexico. You can help us by getting involved this 2015 Holiday Food & Fund Drive season!
- Start a team and raise funds among your group with an Online Food Drive.
- Donate non-perishable food at Smith’s Food & Drug stores through November 30th. You can also drop off food donations at sites across the Albuquerque metro area seen here.
- Give. Text any gift amount to 505.933.7732.
- Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, & Youtube and share our posts.
- Read through our 2015 Holiday Food & Fund Drive Roundup Newsletter to learn more on how you can make a difference.
Learn more about specific dates & events throughout our 2015 Holiday Food & Fund Drive season here!
Thank you to our 2015 Holiday Partners! These include:
Triple the Impact of Your Giving Today!
Through the end of December, your giving has triple the impact! For every $1 you donate, Bank of America’s Charitable Foundation will give $2 more.
To participate and have your donation matched, give through Feeding America’s weblink. As a national matching program for food banks, the gifts are made through an online portal with our national organization, Feeding America.
To designate your local food bank, enter your zip code and your entire gift and the match will be forwarded to Roadrunner Food Bank in early 2016. Bank of America will match any individual’s gift up to $1,000 per donor with a maximum match of up to $50,000 per Feeding America affiliated food bank. The total match by the Bank of America Foundation is up to $1,500,000 for Feeding America and its affiliated food banks across the U.S.
If you have questions about the Bank of America match, call 505.349.8682 or email email@example.com.
Thanksgiving for All
While many people look forward to sharing a Thanksgiving meal with family and friends, for neighbors like Bethany, Thanksgiving is just another day of struggling to feed her family.
Bethany is a single mom to six-year-old Nate and nine-year-old Jonathan. A recent work-related accident left her unable to do her job. While she is learning new skills to find different employment, she struggles to make her income stretch far enough to feed two growing boys.
She told us, “Nate came home so excited about the Thanksgiving picture he drew in school. My heart sank when he asked, ‘Will we have a big turkey, Mama?’ I couldn’t tell him that we can’t afford a Thanksgiving dinner this year.”
With your continued support, we can make sure families like Bethany’s receive the food they need during the Thanksgiving season. You can give the gift of Thanksgiving to families in need today.
To make a gift to ensure hungry families have a Thanksgiving for all, visit www.rrfb.org/thanks.
Food Rescue – Keeping Food Out of Landfills
Many of us feel terribly guilty when we have to throw food away, and Americans toss a lot of food annually. The Environmental Protection Agency reported that in 2010 Americans threw away about 33 million tons of food.
But at Roadrunner Food Bank, we and our food industry partners have been rescuing food in Albuquerque and New Mexico for more than 30 years. What does that mean, food rescue? Food rescue is defined as, “the practice of safely retrieving edible food that would otherwise go to waste, and distributing it to those in need. The recovered food is edible, but often not saleable. Products that are past their sell by dates or are imperfect in any way are able to be donated by food industry donors.”
Roadrunner Food Bank’s Food Rescue program picks up unprepared foods weekly at 100 different locations. Food that is picked up as part of the Food Rescue Program includes items such as bakery items, meat, dairy, produce, canned goods and dry goods.
And volunteers are key to executing a successful food rescue program. Once the food arrives at the Food Bank, volunteers sort, label, box or repack food items allowing us to more quickly process and distribute food to partner agencies and through our direct service programs.
Last year, we rescued 19.7 million pounds of food. We kept it out of landfills and placed it in the hands of the nearly 40,000 people we help every week.
Recently Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and the USDA will begin placing an emphasis on food rescue and encouraging Americans to participate.
Learn more about our Food Rescue Program here and see the top food industry donors participating in our Food Rescue Program.