Help Fill Empty Plates

For most of us, cookouts make some of the best summertime memories. Everyone has a plate filled to the brim with delicious food! No one gets left out.  And a gift to Roadrunner Food Bank ensures that none of our hungry neighbors get left out either.

We help neighbors like Luis.  He works in construction 60+ hours a week, but doesn’t earn enough to make ends meet most of the time. His wife, Ana, stays home to care for their three young children because the cost of daycare would eat up her entire paycheck and part of his.

Money is tight and Ana reminds her kids to limit how much they put on their plates. Her oldest bravely said, “Don’t worry, Mama, I’ll just chew longer so it seems like more food.”

Luis and Ana are so relieved to know there is food available for their family when they need it. They even return any items they can’t use.  Luis told us, “We know many others are desperately in need of a helping hand.”

Please help with a gift today so we can fill empty plates and expand our reach to feed more of our hungry neighbors. 

Thank you for being a part of our Food Bank family and thank you for giving!

Thank You for Helping Us & Midas Drive Out Hunger!

Even during the heat of the midday hours on July 1st, our awesome Albuquerque community came out to show how passionate they are to ‪#‎DriveOutHunger‬, ‪#‎1Mile1Meal‬ at a time!

With the gracious support of Midas Albuquerque and Midas National, we received $3,800 in monetary donations and more than 2,500 pounds in nonperishable food donations to help feed our hungry neighbors across New Mexico! Thousands upon thousands more meals we can now provide.

“You know what I love about this day?,” Midas Franchise Business Consultant Bret Foster shared. “I love that the Midas brand and Roadrunner together can facilitate something to give back to our local communities!”

For the next 10 days, you can incorporate #1Mile1Meal into your social media and Midas will donate more food & meals to us and other food banks across the country!

Many thanks to Midas Albuquerque, Midas National, the Albuquerque Fire Department, Orbit from the Albuquerque Isotopes, KZRR Radio, and to one rocking and generous Albuquerque community for making #DriveOutHunger such a success!

Play Golf & Support Roadrunner on August 24th!

Summer time means golf time!  If you enjoy a round of golf with a few friends, we invite you to join in the 1st Annual Albuquerque Golf Charity Invitational. The golf tournament is a benefit event for Roadrunner Food Bank and the New Mexico Restaurant Association (NMRA) Scholarship Fund!

The tournament will be held on Monday, August 24 at the Albuquerque Country Club.  The tournament starts at 12 pm with a shotgun start. The entry fee is $250 per play which includes lunch, beverages, green fees, driving range, cart, awards and snacks all day long on the course! Teams will have chance to win prizes for Hole in One, Longest Drive, Closest to the Pin and Best Team.

Register a team by downloading and filling in the registration form and sending it to National Distributing Co. at 5920 Office Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109.  For more information or questions about the tournament, contact Blake Moore at blake.moore@natdistco.com or call 626.354.1655.  Please make checks payable to National Distributing Company who is the tournament host.

Special thanks to National Distributing Co. for hosting this tournament and helping us solve hunger for so many of our hungry neighbors across New Mexico!

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.

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