Your Gifts Make it Happen!

No mom should ever have to ask her children this question. She returned home from another 12-hour shift as a nursing home cook empty-handed and asked her daughter, “How hungry are you on a scale of 1 to 10?”

In the same breath, her 13-year-old daughter Gabriela asked, “Did you bring us anything to eat?”

Ana shook her head and watched Gabriela open and close the empty fridge. The struggling mom wanted to burst into tears. She was no longer allowed to bring leftovers home to her children from her job.

Ana was desperate. Her meager salary didn’t stretch far enough to cover all the meals she needed for her three children, especially during the summer months.  Like so many struggling parents, Ana depends on the school lunch program to provide two meals a day to her children. When school lets out for the summer, replacing these meals is a challenge.

In New Mexico, one out of every three children is at risk of going hungry. While other children enjoy a carefree summer, they worry when they will get their next meal.

In her darkest hour, Ana heard about Roadrunner Food Bank’s hunger-relief programs, and network of partner organizations. She was able to sign up and receive food!  Now she knows that her children will have healthy food all summer.

There are so many more hardworking parents who still worry about how to feed their children. Boys and girls right here in our own backyard need your immediate help, or they will spend a long summer experiencing hunger.

Whatever you can do, please act today! Hungry children and desperate families really need our support. To make a contribution visit this link.

Help Us Reach 1,000 Members!

No matter the time of year, we always welcome new members of the Roadrunner Club! Now, you may be asking, “What is the Roadrunner Club?”

As a way to sustain our mission in solving hunger, monthly giving can make the difference between hundreds and thousands of meals we can distribute weekly.

Ten dollars a month can make such an impact for hungry people! Even at $20 a month, you can help us provide 100 meals somewhere in New Mexico.  Our goal is to reach 1,000 members in the next couple months.

To join the Roadrunner Club, visit our Roadrunner Club giving link here, or call us at 505.349.8909. Thank you for your support!

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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