Driving Hunger from Our Communities
Many of our neighbors do not know where their next meal will come from this summer. Fortunately, in New Mexico there are places to turn to for help. Roadrunner Food Bank works with a network of more than 400 partner agencies. But what happens when these places are too far to reach?
That’s why we’re bringing food to hungry people through our Mobile Food Pantry Program. During fiscal year 2015, our Mobile Pantries distributed more than 6.6 million pounds of food in our service area.
Your gift today brings fresh and nutritious food to 270,000 people at 150 sites every month. Many are children who count on our help and yours, too. For every $10 donated we can provide 50 nutritious meals. Thank you for considering making an online today at www.rrfb.org/summer.
Map the Meal Gap 2016 & What It Means For New Mexico
Did you know that more than 358,000 people across New Mexico don’t know where their next meal will come from?
This is just one of the latest findings from the Map the Meal Gap 2016 study prepared by Feeding America and its nationwide partners. While the national food insecurity rate now rests at 15 percent (i.e. 1 in 7 people nationwide don’t know where their next meal will come from), New Mexico’s food insecurity rate lies above 17 percent. Furthermore, New Mexico now holds the 2nd highest rate of childhood hunger in the country.
While sobering to read these findings, we also find more than enough motivation to step up our efforts to solve hunger across New Mexico! Every pound of food you give, every volunteer hour you give, every dollar you give to us makes that much more of a difference. Remember, every $1 given to us provides five additional meals! To learn more on how you can help us solve hunger, visit us here. Thanks!
Going Greener at Roadrunner Food Bank!
In more ways than one, we at Roadrunner Food Bank are excited to find ways of “going greener” in being an environmental leader in our community!
In last couple years, we have been honored to work with Affordable Solar, National Roofing, Unirac, Firestone, the City of Albuquerque and other community and corporate partners to construct a roof-top solar array. Over the next 25 years, we anticipate the array will generate enough power to meet between 65-90% of our energy needs AND to save us more than $2 million in electricity costs. In other words, we now have enough resources saved to provide an additional 10 million meals statewide!
From placing solar on our roof, to undertaking xeriscaping projects on our property, to expanding our food rescue to save more than 26.9 million pounds of food from going to waste last year, we find economic and environmental benefits in “going green” and continuing to feed our hungry New Mexico neighbors.
Below are links which show the solar array:
- Interactive AlsoEnergy dashboard – shows the real time watts generated by the array
- Drone Footage of Phase I showing the completion of the northern half of the roof and solar installation
- Details about how we were able to install a new roof and solar at the same time (coming soon)
Thank you to each of our partners who helped make this possible! You have helped us continue our work in “going greener” and helping save meals for the next 25 years!
Bistro Red Wine Benefits the Food Bank
This month St. Clair Winery will release a new wine in a unique way. The New Mexico Winery will use their 2012 Bistro Red and pledge to donate $1 per bottle sold of its 2012 Bistro Red Wine to Roadrunner Food Bank. St. Clair hopes the funds raise during the length of this unique promotion will help us provide about 75,000 meals.
To kick off the promotion, St. Clair Winery & Bistro will host a Release Party on Wednesday, March 23. The event will be open to the public from noon to 8pm. Attendees will be asked to donate $5 to the Food Bank which will include a glass of the St. Clair 2012 Bistro Red poured from the barrel. The event will take place at St. Clair Winery & Bistro located at 901 Rio Grande Boulevard in Albuquerque.
Maritza Gomez of St. Clair said, “Our goal was to find a charity that would ensure the donated money would be used locally. St. Clair chose to partner with the Food Bank because they are not just a city or county affiliate; their assistance spans the whole state and includes the entire spectrum of those in need including women, children, men and the elderly.”
Each of the St. Clair Winery & Bistro locations in Albuquerque, Farmington and Las Cruces will have the Bistro Red wine available for purchase. Other New Mexico grocery locations are also anticipated to stock and sell the uniquely labeled wine.
For more information on this partnership visit the St. Clair Winery & Bistro events calendar at www.stclairwinery.com/feednm.
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 26.9 million pounds of food. We kept it out of landfills and placed it in the hands of the nearly 70,000 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.