Hunger Action Month This September!
Did you know that in New Mexico, 1 in 3 children still don’t know where their next meal will come from? Even accounting for adults, families, and seniors, 1 in 5 people across our state still don’t have regular, healthy access to nutritious food.
Fortunately, we at Roadrunner Food Bank are partnering with Feeding America to raise awareness about hunger and how we can solve it this September with Hunger Action Month!
You can help us raise hunger awareness & help us solve hunger in New Mexico by:
- Volunteering! Register to help online at www.rrfb.org/volunteer
- Taking a #Spoontember selfie! Description plus hash tags
- Giving! Visit www.rrfb.org/giveameal and your gift has triple the impact. Bank of America will match every $1 gift with $2 more.
We look forward to connecting with you and together solving hunger this September, this #HungerActionMonth, this #Spoontember!
Help Hungry Kids Like Kate
On the surface, you’d think Kate was an ordinary girl with an ordinary life. But what you don’t know is that Kate is hungry. She usually does well in school, but lately, she hasn’t done well and has even missed some days. When her teacher asked her what was wrong, Kate told her that her dad had lost his job and now, there’s not much food at home. Kate is so hungry she can’t concentrate on her schoolwork.
There are more than 145,200 hungry children in our area. Hungry children have more difficulty learning the basics like reading and math; they have more behavioral problems and are sick more often. But you can help these children.
One way we are touching lives is through our Childhood Hunger Initiative. Partner schools receive a combination of hunger programs. The initiative brings more food to children and families delivered through mobile pantries, school-based food pantries, and backpacks filled with food.
Now that Kate and her family receive help through this initiative, she is doing much better in school and her family doesn’t worry how or when they will have enough to eat.
To expand these programs we need your help. There are many more hungry children that we still need to reach and your gift can help us do that. For every $1 you give, we can provide 5 nutritious meals to children like Kate.
Help us honor all the Kate’s in our state with a gift today.
View her story here – www.rrrfb.org/meetkate.
Thank you for giving!
Reduce Medication Costs & Help Hungry New Mexicans!
The Kaiser Family Foundation reports that one in four U.S. adults don’t fill their prescriptions due to cost. Our own Hunger in America study shows that roughly 60% of hungry homes are making tough choices and unable to afford both food and medical care at the same time. For that reason, the Food Bank and Watertree Health partnered to bring a FREE prescription drug discount program to anyone in New Mexico. Hungry families are able to use the FREE discount service and you are too!
The FREE prescription drug discount program is available to anyone of any income and regardless of existing prescription drug coverage. The entire purpose of the program is to save both our hungry neighbors and our supporters expenses when filling prescriptions and medications. Every time your use this discount card, you will receive a discount on prescriptions, and at the same time a donation is made on your behalf to the Food Bank by our partner Watertree Health.
Since starting the partnership, the program has helped the Food Bank provide 16,000 additional meals to hungry New Mexicans. Every time you use the discount card, it saves you money and helps the Food Bank secure more meals for our hungry neighbors.
The card is accepted at nearly every pharmacy. The card is available to everyone and saves cardholders an average of 46%, or about $364 every year on medications. To receive your FREE discount prescription drug card:
- Text FEEDNM to 95577. You will receive a text message with a picture of the card. Save it to your phone’s photos to use next time you need to fill a prescription;
- Click here and print out the card to place in your wallet, or;
- Pick up the FREE card at the Food Bank during business hours.
To learn more about how the program works, click here. Thank you and all together, we can make a healthier, more nourished, and stronger New Mexico!
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.