Celebrate March as National Nutrition Month (#NNM) With Roadrunner!

Did you know that March marks National Nutrition Month (#NNM)? From the home to school to the workplace and beyond, we at Roadrunner know there are many ways we can jump start our commitments to healthy eating, exercising, and ultimately building more nourished and stronger communities!

At Roadrunner, we always accept healthy food donations, including canned and fresh produce among other healthy options. Whether you donate directly to us, or if you start a physical or online food drive, such donations are always welcome.

There are also day-to-day means of how you can become involved with #NNM. The USDA’s ChooseMyPlate.gov website offers accessible ways to get started. They range from activities to allow more time for kids to play games, to get into the practice of fixing healthier dinners, or to learn more about healthy SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) options.

Furthermore, you can also consider working out so that every mile you bike, run, or walk becomes a gift to support Roadrunner. When you download the CharityMiles.org mobile phone app, you can choose “Feeding America” as your giving organization. Every mile you work out becomes a specific dollar amount which is donated to Feeding America and in turn to Roadrunner. Whether you work out over 2 miles, 5 miles, 10 miles, 20 miles, or beyond, you are increasing the number of meals we can provide to hungry New Mexicans.

Don’t let #NNM pass you by without doing your small part for not only your personal health and family health, but also for the health of your community. To share your updates of what you’re doing for #NNM, you can:

Thank you all and we look forward to hearing how you partake in #NNM!

Annual Fund Drive Against Hunger

As a compassionate partner of Roadrunner Food Bank you know the incredible need. 70,000 hungry people depend on us each week to survive.  Those who arrive at our doorstep have exhausted every other resource. We cannot turn them away.

Without the food you help provide, a child will go to bed hungry tonight, a struggling senior citizen has no idea where his next meal will come from and a single mom’s meager salary will run out before the month does.

Roadrunner Food Bank has launched our 2015 Annual Fund Drive AGAINST HUNGER and we really need your help.  Your support today will ensure we can provide meals to our hungry neighbors.  Please give your best gift to feed a man, woman or child who is hungry.

Your generosity helps us create long-term solutions that address the root causes of hunger so our neighbors can be self-sufficient and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Thank you in advance for you compassion and generosity.

Donate by clicking here.

Updated Study Reflects Rise in Hunger in New Mexico

For the second year in a row, New Mexico ranks #1 for childhood hunger.  The 2014 release of Map the Meal Gap shows the childhood hunger rate in New Mexico is 29.2% with one in three children growing up hungry. The report shows that more than 150,000 New Mexico children are at risk of hunger.

Melody Wattenbarger, president and CEO of Roadrunner Food Bank said, “This should be a wakeup call for everyone in our state. Until we make sure that our children aren’t going to school hungry, we won’t be able to solve any of the other problems we have. If you look at indicators like our children’s abysmal test scores, health, graduation rates and future wages, childhood hunger underpins them all. Agencies like ours can’t address this issue alone. It’s a statewide problem.  It needs a statewide response.”

Over the past four years, Roadrunner Food Bank’s national organization, Feeding America, has released the annual study to measure hunger and the gap of meals by state and county.

New Mexico is fourth in overall hunger among states, tied with Alabama and North Carolina. 18.6% of people in New Mexico are at risk of experiencing hunger in New Mexico overall.   Nationwide, the hunger rate is 15.9%.

The annual Map the Meal Gap report also estimates the meal gap by state and county and the food budget shortfall for low-income households.  In 2014, the report showed New Mexico’s meal gap is 67,795,200 translating into a food budget shortfall of $175,675,500.  The average cost per meal in New Mexico is $2.59 according to the report.

The top five New Mexico counties with the highest rates of hunger overall and for children are below.  Luna County ranked as the hungriest county in New Mexico for both children and the overall population:

Children

Luna – 39.7%

Taos – 32.6%

Cibola – 32.4%

McKinley – 32.2%

Overall Population

Luna – 22.9%

McKinley – 22.2%

Cibola – 18.3%

Sierra – 18%

Roosevelt and San Juan – 17.7%

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.

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