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Childhood Hunger Initiative

Hunger can have immediate and lasting effects on children during the most crucial developmental stage in their lives. The Childhood Hunger Initiative (CHI) at Roadrunner Food Bank is the evolution of our former Food For Kids (FFK) program. Through CHI, the Food Bank aims to feed hungry children by feeding the entire family unit. By working with schools to provide food to families in a variety of ways, the initiative will dramatically increase the amount of food and meals families and their children will receive to solve childhood hunger in New Mexico.

How the Childhood Hunger Initiative Helps Solve Childhood Hunger

The Childhood Hunger Initiative (CHI) works to solve child and family hunger by providing each partner school the ability to receive food from Roadrunner Food Bank through a combination of hunger-relief programs:

  1. School Pantries – Provides each school the opportunity to create a school-based or on site food pantry allowing families to receive help any time it is needed during the school year.
  2. Mobile Pantries – Every month families at participating schools receive a monthly mobile or “traveling” food pantry held at the school’s location. Each family receives about 50 pounds of food including healthy food such as vegetables, fruit, dairy, meat and much more.
  3. Backpacks – Supplements food for children and families in situations where a parent/guardian is unable to pick up food from the school.  A small amount of food can be sent home in a backpack with the child to help the family through a short amount of time.

Our Childhood Hunger Initiative

Roadrunner Food Bank is currently expanding the amount of food going to school partners at middle schools and high schools in the late fall of 2015.  The initiative also aims to:

  1. Reach as many as 16 New Mexico counties, providing improved access to healthy foods for children and families with school partners.
  2. The initiative will provide children and families access to more consistent meals.
  3. Provide significantly more amounts of food to feed the entire family unit compared to our former Food for Kids program.

Help Solve Childhood Hunger in New Mexico TODAY!

Roadrunner Food Bank serves tens of thousands of children in New Mexico through partner agencies and direct service programs each year like the Childhood Hunger Initiative. You can help solve childhood hunger with a gift today!

Looking for ways to help? We have provided a few tips to get involved right away.

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