Double the Impact of Your Giving Thanks to Lovelace
Sharing a gift means twice as much this holiday season. No one should have to face hunger, but for many families in New Mexico, hunger is a reality. It could be a friend, a neighbor or co-worker experiencing hunger. It could be an adult, a child or a senior.
Right now your gift has twice the impact thanks to Lovelace
Health System. From now until December 31st, Lovelace Heath System will double your donation to Roadrunner up to $33,000. This month, every one ($1) dollar donation allows the Food Bank to distribute ten meals to hungry children, seniors and adults.
You can help turn every $1 donation into $2 this December. To give:
- Visit www.rrfb.org/lovelace
- Call 505.349.8909
- Text RRFB to 20222 to generate a $10 text message
- Mail in a check to: 5840 Office Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109. In the memo section indicate Lovelace.
As a token of thanks, Lovelace Health System has provided healthy recipes and tips for you this holiday season. Click here to view the tips.
Holiday Food & Fund Drive 2013
Give the Gift of Hope…Food! Hungry families benefit when you participate in our annual Holiday Food & Fund Drive! Whether you make a donation, start a team as part of our Online Food Drive, or collect food items, every bit makes a difference!
Here are a few ways to get involved!
- Make a gift to the Food Bank.
- Register a team to host an Online Food Drive from your computer. You can set up your own fundraising webpage and send email to friends, family and colleagues to support your efforts on our behalf. Plus, you can also add the Online Food Drive to your traditional food drive.
- View our Holiday Calendar of Events to see the many ways you can get involved this holiday season.
- Volunteer! We need about 100 volunteers every volunteer shift. Join us for a two hour, four hour or six hour commitment. CLICK HERE TO VOLUNTEER
- Leave out non-perishable food at your mailbox on Sat., Nov. 23 during the Letter Carriers’ Food Drive. Your letter carrier will pick it up, or you can bring your donation to the nearest post office.
- Share our newsletter with those you know or sign up HERE to receive regular e-mail from us.
- Click the hyperlink for more information about our Holiday Food & Fund Drive.
THANK YOU TO OUR 2013 HOLIDAY FOOD AND FUND SPONSORS
Souper Bowl 2014 – Jan. 25th
Looking for a unique holiday gift for all the special people on your gift list? Tickets to Roadrunner Food Bank’s annual Souper Bowl are a perfect gift! Guests enjoy savory dessert and delicious desserts while enjoying live entertainment at the event in January!
Roadrunner Food Bank’s annual Souper Bowl takes place on Sat., Jan. 25 from 11 am to 2 pm in Albuquerque. The event features delicious soups and desserts from more than 40 local chefs and restaurants. Come and sample soups and desserts from some of Albuquerque’s most popular restaurants.
Tickets are $40 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. Purchase tickets online at www.rrfb.org/souperbowl or by calling 505•349•8921
Online ticket sales end on Wed., Jan. 22. Tickets purchased the day of the event are $45 at the door. A one-time $2.00 handling fee will be added to online or phone purchases.
*Note: Early ticket purchases will be mailed in early December.
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Last Year’s 2013 Souper Bowl Sponsors
Updated Study Reflects Rise in Hunger in New Mexico
The annual Map the Meal Gap 2013 study released on June 10 by Feeding America, finds that New Mexico is ranked as the most food insecure state among children in the United States. The 2013 study shows that 30.6% or 156,930 children are experiencing hunger. Three years ago when the first Map the Meal Gap study was released, New Mexico was at 27.3% for childhood hunger and ranked in 11th place. The state’s ranking for childhood hunger has continued to worsen.
The study also looked at the overall population and its rate of hunger. The 2013 Map the Meal Gap study also continues to show an increase in hunger among all New Mexicans with 417,780 people or 20.1% of the population who do not always know where they will find their next meal. The latest study shows New Mexico ranked as the 2nd in the nation for hunger.
Melody Wattenbarger, president and CEO of Roadrunner Food Bank said, “The results from this study are appalling. It’s shocking to learn that a third of our children aren’t able to access enough food to eat on a regular basis. Hunger continues to be a silent issue in our community and more people need to get involved and take action. We want our children to do better in school, yet they don’t have the meals necessary to fuel their bodies and perform well.”
This is the third year that Feeding America has performed a study to evaluate and map the meal gap by state and county. The meal gap in New Mexico is 68,109,613 and the overall food budget shortfall is $168,911,840. The budget shortfall and meal gap of meals is up 20% from just two years ago.
Wattenbarger said, “Hunger is at an all-time high right here in our own state. All of us should be completely horrified at these latest figures. As a community, more support is clearly essential. Not only do we need to ensure charitable hunger programs have the tools needed to respond, but we also need to appropriately fund and protect federal hunger programs such as SNAP, WIC and others. We can no longer ignore that so many people suffer from hunger. This shouldn’t be a silent issue any more.”
To Map the Meal Gap in any New Mexico County, visit www.feedingamerica.org/mapthegap.
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.