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!

 

Help Us Stamp Out Hunger, Saturday May 14th!

On Saturday May 14th, help us at Roadrunner Food Bank to Stamp Out Hunger across New Mexico (NM) and nationwide!

As the school year winds down and summer rolls in, many NM children & families also lose access to school meals and often don’t know where their next meal will come from. Thanks to food drives like Stamp Out Hunger, we can secure more food to share with our partner agencies and summer food service programs to give hope and peace of mind to those families.

Come May 14th, you can Stamp Out Hunger with us by leaving non-perishable food at your mailbox for your postal carrier to pick up. We would also love to have volunteers join our Roadrunner team at a post office close to you, helping us unload the thousands of pounds of food we anticipate receiving. Last year, we received more than 190,000 pounds of food in the Albuquerque area alone! We would love to break last year’s record with your support!

To learn more on how you can make a difference with us, contact Candace Baca at candace.baca@rrfb.org or at (505) 349-8837. Thanks to partners such as the National Association of Letter Carriers, the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, and the U.S. Postal Service for assisting us to solve hunger across New Mexico!

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 a strong environmental leader in our community!

During recent months, we have been honored to work with Affordable Solar Installation, National Roofing, the City of Albuquerque (New Mexico), and other community & corporate partners to construct a 104,000-square food solarized roof array. Over the next 25 years, we anticipate this solarized roof array 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 sense in “going green” and continuing to feed our hungry New Mexico neighbors.

To witness in real time how much energy we’re producing and how much in natural resources we’re saving, such as water, check out our interactive AlsoEnergy dashboard here. To watch footage of our solar roof array under construction, visit our YouTube channel here. Thank you all and we look forward to continue “going greener” long into the future!

A $10 gift allows us to distribute 50 meals

Our Backpack Program fed thousands of hungry children every week … sadly, it
wasn’t enough.

We knew we had to find ways to do even more — new and innovative solutions to solve hunger. With your continued support, we are doing just that!

Our Childhood Hunger Initiative feeds a hungry child by feeding the entire hungry family. The program offers qualifying schools the ability to receive and distribute food provided by Roadrunner Food Bank through mobile pantries, school-based pantries, and some weekend backpacks.

New Mexico ranks fourth for childhood hunger in the United States. That’s not just an alarming statistic — it’s thousands of children who will go hungry without the help of kind people like you.

For every $10 you send, we can distribute enough food for 50 nutritious meals.  Please give and help us solve hunger together.  Thanks so much for considering a gift today!

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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.

Make A Difference In The Lives of Hungry New Mexicans This April!

Make a difference year-round and especially this April for our hungry neighbors across New Mexico when you volunteer  with Roadrunner Food Bank! Did you know April marks National Volunteer Appreciation Month?

More than 12,000 volunteers gave +55,000 hours of service last year alone! Whether you sort food in our warehouse or help us distribute food at a mobile food pantry, your volunteer hours help us feed 70,000 people across New Mexico each week! Especially as New Mexico continues to rank among the Top 10 hungriest states in the nation, and as New Mexico now holds the highest childhood poverty rate in the country, your volunteer time with us goes even further towards meeting vital needs for our hungry neighbors!

To schedule a volunteer time of 2 hours or more, visit our Volunteer website or call us at (505) 349-5338. Together, with +200 member food banks across Feeding America, we can all make a difference when we roll up our sleeves and take this pledge to volunteer! Thank you all and we look forward to seeing you here!

 

 

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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