One Hungry Child is One Too Many
We believe that one hungry child is one too many. In New Mexico, 156,930 children are food insecure or at risk for hunger.
When you feed a hungry child, you change her life and future for the better. With your generosity, the child who went to school hungry can now rely on nutritious meals. She has a better chance of doing well in school and becoming a healthy, successful adult.
That is why your support of our 2014 Annual Fund Drive Against Hunger is so critical. Of course, as you know, it’s not just children who are hungry. Many seniors have to skip meals so they can afford to pay their bills and buy their much-needed medications. Men and women who have lost their jobs or are working for minimum wage need our help just to survive. We rely on caring donors like you so we can provide nutritious food to feed almost 40,000 people each week through our own programs and our network of partner agencies.
Plus, your generosity goes much further than you can imagine. For every $10 you donate, we can feed a hungry child three meals per day for 17 days. Please give today, by clicking this link - www.rrfb.org/spring.
Your Outdoor Activities Could Earn Funds for Charity
Get your exercise in and help charity at the same time.
Roadrunner Food Bank’s national organization, Feeding America, is one of several charities that benefits from a program called Charity Miles. It is a free iPhone and Android app that empowers people to earn money for charity while exercising. When you turn on the app and walk, run or bike you can earn money for charity. Simply choose one of the app’s featured charities. The app will track the participant’s distance and earn money for their charity of choice.
Bikers earn 10¢ per mile; walkers and runners earn 25¢ per mile.
When you select Feeding America, Roadrunner Food Bank will receive a portion of revenue generated by the Charity Miles app when it is used in New Mexico.
Here are the links to the iPhone or Android app. Test it out today and try it out! Visit www.charitymiles.org for additional details. Post your progress on your own social media sites and the Food Bank’s social media sites too!
Thanks for selecting your miles for Feeding America and in turn Roadrunner Food Bank! Happy Trails!
Updated Study Reflects Rise in Hunger in New Mexico
The annual Map the Meal Gap 2013 study released on June 10 by Feeding America, finds that New Mexico is ranked as the most food insecure state among children in the United States. The 2013 study shows that 30.6% or 156,930 children are experiencing hunger. Three years ago when the first Map the Meal Gap study was released, New Mexico was at 27.3% for childhood hunger and ranked in 11th place. The state’s ranking for childhood hunger has continued to worsen.
The study also looked at the overall population and its rate of hunger. The 2013 Map the Meal Gap study also continues to show an increase in hunger among all New Mexicans with 417,780 people or 20.1% of the population who do not always know where they will find their next meal. The latest study shows New Mexico ranked as the 2nd in the nation for hunger.
Melody Wattenbarger, president and CEO of Roadrunner Food Bank said, “The results from this study are appalling. It’s shocking to learn that a third of our children aren’t able to access enough food to eat on a regular basis. Hunger continues to be a silent issue in our community and more people need to get involved and take action. We want our children to do better in school, yet they don’t have the meals necessary to fuel their bodies and perform well.”
This is the third year that Feeding America has performed a study to evaluate and map the meal gap by state and county. The meal gap in New Mexico is 68,109,613 and the overall food budget shortfall is $168,911,840. The budget shortfall and meal gap of meals is up 20% from just two years ago.
Wattenbarger said, “Hunger is at an all-time high right here in our own state. All of us should be completely horrified at these latest figures. As a community, more support is clearly essential. Not only do we need to ensure charitable hunger programs have the tools needed to respond, but we also need to appropriately fund and protect federal hunger programs such as SNAP, WIC and others. We can no longer ignore that so many people suffer from hunger. This shouldn’t be a silent issue any more.”
To Map the Meal Gap in any New Mexico County, visit www.feedingamerica.org/mapthegap.
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.