Hungry People in NM
The face of hunger is not what you might think it might look like. In New Mexico, hungry people are children, seniors, working families and adults. In fact, every week nearly 40,000 different people seek help with food. That is similar to feeding a city the size of Farmington every week.
Vulnerable people such as seniors and children struggle to have enough to eat. And a shocking 40% of those we serve are children. Every year we are helping more than 90,000 children and nearly 30,000 seniors. What is also unique is that while we do provide food to the homeless through our partner agencies, only 8% of those we serve every year are homeless. Most people we help have a home and are paying a mortgage or rent, someone who works full-time in the home, has utility bills, etc.
The one thing we see time and time again is what is cut from a family’s budget because they don’t have enough resources to make it through the month. Food. Food is the one controllable monthly expense and is usually the first thing cut out of a monthly budget. So most of those we serve can keep a roof over their head, pay their bills, but don’t have enough left over to eat most of the time.
As our partners, we created some printed and video pieces for you to view as reminders of those we serve and how we are trying to help New Mexicans have enough food to eat. It is nutrition to feed their body, their minds, and their dreams of a better tomorrow. Food to ensure all their children have dinner tonight, food to ensure a senior has more than one box of macaroni and cheese to eat this week, and food that adults count on to be a productive person in society.
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