Donate Your Old Car and Help Feed Others

There’s a brand new way to help feed New Mexicans in need — and at the same time support Roadrunner Food Bank’s mission to solve hunger! Donate your old or used vehicle and turn it into food to feed others in your community.

We accept all types of vehicles as donations: cars, motorcycles, tractors, RVs, trailers – even boats! It doesn’t even matter whether they’re running or not. We’ll take them! Plus, you may qualify for a tax deduction on your vehicle donation.

And donating your vehicle couldn’t be easier. Simply call us at 855-500-7433 or visit us at www.rrfb.org/cars — and we take everything from there.

We’ll arrange a convenient time around your schedule to pick the vehicle up, notify you when your vehicle has been sold, and send you a formal tax receipt letter.

And in the meantime, you can rest assured your generosity has already been put to work to help feed your hungry neighbors.

Turn your old car into food for others!

September is Hunger Action Month!

In New Mexico, more than 358,000 people (17.2% of the population) are at risk of hunger. That figure includes the 1 in 4 children who may not have enough to eat. But the good news is that a simple action by you can help educate and encourage others to learn more about hunger in our community.

This September, we invite you to join the Food Bank, together with Feeding America’s nationwide network of food banks, in an effort to take action in raising awareness about the issue of hunger in our community. The 2016 Hunger Action Month campaign asks people to consider how it must feel to live with an empty stomach, which puts a healthy life and a promising future at risk.

This year, Roadrunner Food Bank is asking supporters to take the Empty Plate Challenge! Share what would not be possible to do without adequate nutrition, by writing on an empty plate, “On an empty stomach I can’t ______,” and filling in the blank with something they couldn’t achieve without the nutrition we need to thrive.

Take a photo and share this unique hunger message on your personal social media sites with #HungerActionMonth. Tag us in the conversation and @FeedingAmerica too. Links to our social media sites are below.

Feel free to use this “paper” icon and make copies to post your message and photo.

Thank you for joining in the conversation!

Albertsons and The Peak Team Up to Provide “Food for Kids”

All month long, Albertsons and The Peak are teaming up to help food banks solve childhood hunger during Hunger Action Month. Albertsons shoppers are invited to make a gift at the register and help provide “Food for Kids” as part of their Hunger Is register donation program. Tune in to The Peak (100.3 FM) and listen for other ways you can get involved this month.

Take action at Albertsons stores by making a $1, $3 or $5 gift each time you shop this month, or purchasing certain in-store food items. For every one dollar contributed, Roadrunner Food Bank is able to distribute 5 meals in communities across the state. Visit an Albertsons store today to help make food a reality for the 1 in 4 children at-risk of hunger in our state.

Thanks for helping fill empty plates for kids this Hunger Action Month. Special thanks to Albertsons and The Peak for teaming up to help hungry children with us!

Every Gift Makes a Difference

Teresa lives in a typical house on a typical street in New Mexico. The difference between Teresa and many children is that she often goes to bed hungry because her mom is out of work and struggling. Food has become a luxury item for their family.

It’s heartbreaking that children like Teresa live with hunger. Roadrunner Food Bank works every day to supply nourishing food to children, families and seniors in need.

But every single gift makes a difference.

Your gift today brings fresh and nutritious food to 70,000 people every single week. Many are children like Teresa who count on our help and yours, too.

For every $10 donated, we can provide 50 nutritious meals. Fill out the form on the back or donate online at http://www.rrfb.org/teresa

Thank you!

 

App Connects People to Help throughout NM

Use our FREE app to find help with food in your community. The app shows most of our food distribution points across the state of New Mexico. The Food Bank serves as a distribution hub and provides food to hundreds of affiliated partners around the state including food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, regional food banks and other meal and hunger-relief programs.  Roadrunner also distributes food through its own specialized programs helping children, families, and seniors through food distribution sites at schools, low-income seniors housing sites and senior centers.

Through this statewide hunger-relief network, we are helping 70,000 hungry people in our state weekly.  If you need help with food you can download the FREE app on GooglePlay and iOS.

– www.rrfb.org/googleplay
– www.rrfb.org/apple

The app also provides FREE information on obtaining help to apply for SNAP (food stamp) benefits, transportation in main metro areas, discounts on prescription medication, how to volunteer and how to connect with us on social media.

If you have questions about the app, call 505.349.8682 or email info@rrfb.org.

 

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!

 

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 26.9 million pounds of food. We kept it out of landfills and placed it in the hands of the nearly 70,000 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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