Feeding Hungry Children in New Mexico
A recent USDA study indicates that mild under-nutrition experienced by young children during a period of growth impacts behavior, academic performance and cognitive development. Unfortunately, more than 30% of children experience hunger in New Mexico and are at a higher risk for being under-nourished. Our New Mexico Food Bank reaches out directly to this population and with your help together we can solve hunger.
How our Food Bank is Feeding Children
Every year, Roadrunner Food Bank serves tens of thousands of children in New Mexico through our partner agencies and direct service programs. We are able to help children who are experiencing hunger through:
Our 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 the Childhood Hunger Initiative, the Food Bank aims to feed hungry children by feeding the entire hungry family. By working with schools to provide food to families in a variety of ways, the Childhood Hunger Initiative will dramatically increase the amount of food and meals families and their children will receive to solve childhood hunger in New Mexico.
Mobile Food Pantry
The Food Bank also provides food to children through our Mobile Food Pantry. The Mobile Food Pantry brings 50 pounds of food through a traveling food pantry in both rural and urban communities. The food provides the entire family with food for about one week. Last year, hundreds of thousands of households, most of them with children, benefited from the Mobile Food Pantry.
A Network of Hundreds of Partner Agencies
Our network of partner agencies including food pantries, soup kitchens and other meal programs provides another source of food for children and their families too. Last year the Food Bank distributed almost 30 million pounds of food to our network of partner agencies and other programs. Many of these pounds turned into meals to feed 70,000 people weekly, 40% are children.
Food Drives and Fund Drives
Our food drives and fund drives also provide much needed support for hungry children in New Mexico. In fact, 40% of the people we serve in New Mexico are children under the age of 18 who do not have enough meals at home to grow, thrive, learn and so much more. Every donated food drive item likely helped a child in a home and every gift helped provide an important meal to a child.
We would not be able to provide the food and meals without help from our community. Please donate time, money or food to our Food Bank in order to ensure food is there the moment it is needed in any New Mexico community.
Looking for 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 here.
- Receive email from the Food Bank by opting in here.
- Learn about how to volunteer at the Food Bank – click here to register
- Learn how you can serve in other ways by visiting our Take Action Page