Heat or Eat
Hungry seniors face a tough choice…heat or eat. Heat or Eat? Which would you choose?
One of the most distressing choices our struggling seniors have to make is whether they buy food or pay for their utilities. 61 percent of those served by the Food Bank report having to make that choice. Winter in New Mexico makes that decision all the more common as heat becomes a necessity.
These are impossible choices for seniors to make as both are essential to good health, safety, and security. High heating costs mean the choice between going cold or going hungry has become a daily dilemma for many in New Mexico.
Help us ensure that there is enough food on the tables for the 70,000 neighbors we serve each week. Your generous donation will help bring needed food to our network of community food pantries, soup kitchens, and youth and senior food programs, the sites where neighbors in need can find nutrition and hope.
Thanks for giving!
Souper Bowl 2016
Thank you to everyone who attended Souper Bowl 2016! Your efforts helped us raise funds to support our role in helping solve hunger for 70,000n people in New Mexico every week! Special thanks to our sponsors, volunteers and restaurants for all your help in making this year’s event such a success.
This year’s restaurant winners are below. Kudos to each of our restaurants who spent time preparing such savory fares!
People’s Choice Winners – Soup
1st Place and Souper Bowl Champion
Artichoke Café for their Butternut Squash and Coffee Soup
Bocadillos Café and Catering
Critics’ Choice Winners – Soup
Zinc Bistro and Wine Bar
Bien Shur at Sandia Resort and Casino
The Ranchers Club of New Mexico
People’s Choice Winners – Vegetarian Soup
Il Vicino Wood Oven Pizza
Turtle Mountain Brewing Company
People’s Choice – Dessert
Nothing Bundt Cakes
People’s Choice – Booth Winner
Bien Shur Restaurant
Special thanks to our 2016 Souper Bowl sponsors and partners!
Make A Difference In The Lives of Hungry New Mexicans!
Make a difference year-round for our hungry neighbors across New Mexico when you volunteer with Roadrunner Food Bank!
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!
Scouting For Food 2016!
Join Roadrunner Food Bank with the Boy Scouts of America-Great Southwest Council & Yucca Council for Scouting For Food 2016 to solve hunger across New Mexico on Saturdays February 6th and February 13th!
On February 6th, Boy Scouts from the Great Southwest Council will be seeking non-perishable food donations at Albuquerque and Rio Rancho Smith’s Food & Drug supermarkets from 9:00 am-3:00 pm.
On February 13th, Boy Scouts from the Yucca Council will be also be seeking non-perishable food donations at Lowe’s Market in Las Cruces from 7:00 am-4:00 pm.
In addition, you can text a monetary donation to us at Roadrunner at (505) 933-7732. Remember that $1 donated purchases five meals for a family in our community!
Thanks, Boy Scouts of America, Lowe’s Markets, & Smith’s Food & Drug Stores for partnering with us and we look forward to seeing you on February 6th & February 13th!
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.