People Feeding Families in New Mexico
The recession, continued high unemployment, underemployment and low wages in New Mexico have left many families struggling to find ways to be able to put food on the table every night. Although we serve 70,000 people every week, we know there are still many people who need help with food. Our New Mexico Food Bank is working hard to maintain and expand our food assistance services and programs across the state, but we cannot do so without your help.
Organizing a Food Drive and Fund Drive
One of the best ways to support Roadrunner Food Bank is to organize a food drive and fund drive with your family, friends, at your school, among co-workers, at your church or faith community or through a community organization. For a successful food drive, you will need to:
Before You Start Your Food and Fund Drive
Please fill out the Schedule a Food Drive questionnaire to let us know the details about your food and fund drive.
Select a date(s) and location for your food drive and fund drive and start planning! If you need help, contact Roadrunner Food Bank. Ask us to send you our helpful food drive packet with tips on hosting a successful food and fund drive. We are happy to help provide suggestions.
Be sure to announce your food drive and fund drive to possible participants. Consider sending out an e-mail, posting fliers, announcing it on your company website or during a company meeting, through your social media channels, etc. to encourage participation. Remind and nudge possible participants frequently and encourage them to bring non-perishable items to donate and/or funds to give. For every $1 we raise, the Food Bank is able to distribute five meals into the community.
Contact us to reserve collection barrels for your use from our Las Cruces or Albuquerque locations. Be sure to label your food barrels or boxes with your group name, contact person and phone number so we can properly credit your organization once it arrives back to the Food Bank. Please also track any monetary gifts your participants contribute so we can properly acknowledge their gift too. The easiest way to get your group involved in supporting the Food Bank is through our online food drive. The virtual food drive helps raise funds among your group without having to worry about collecting cash or check. And every dollar you help raise allows the Food Bank to secure FIVE meals!
Food Barrels and Delivery
If you would like to reserve our food collection barrels during your food drive, please make arrangements well in advance. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 505.247.2052. Please pick up any food barrels you wish to use from one of our two locations, or feel free to use your own boxes. Once your food drive is complete, please deliver the food you collected and any of the food barrels you used to the Food Bank during business hours Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm.
Thank you! Your contributions and efforts will help us provide a source of important food and meals to feed hungry people all over the state!
The Need for People Feeding Families
SNAP (food stamp benefits), although renewed monthly, are not always sufficient to support a family with the all the food a family needs. Many families find that their benefits run out after only two weeks, and do not have enough money in their own budget to purchase the remaining food they need for the rest of the month. It leaves many families hungry and without food. Often, families must seek out and look for additional sources of food until their benefits are renewed. That’s where we come in. Help make the difficult decision between food and paying for utilities a little easier by donating time, money or food to Roadrunner Food Bank.
Looking for more ways to help? We have provided a few tips to get involved right away.
- Help Roadrunner Food Bank solve hunger by making a monthly donation – set up a monthly recurring gift.
- Receive email from the Food Bank by opting in.
- Learn about how to volunteer at the Food Bank – click to register
- Learn how you can serve in other ways by visiting our Take Action Page