Feeding Hungry Seniors in New Mexico
Senior citizens are one of the most at-risk populations who often need help with food. Many senior citizens are living below the poverty level and struggle to afford all their food needs on a tight and fixed income. With a limited monthly budget, many seniors are left with little or no money to buy groceries every month. As a result, there are 30,000 senior citizens, about 13% of our clients, who seek food assistance from our New Mexico Food Bank, and our network of partner agencies every year.
Helping our Senior Citizens
Although Roadrunner Food Bank is making a huge effort to help the senior citizens in need, we know that there are at least two people who still need help with basic needs such as food. You can help to alleviate the burden on this vulnerable population by making a donation to our Food Bank.
- 43% of our clients on government programs, like Social Security, can’t make it on social security alone. Many seniors must seek our help every month to put food on the table
- 41% of clients we serve have someone in their home who is suffering from poor health
- Our senior citizen clients make the difficult choice between food and medication or medical care every month
You can make a donation directly to the Food Bank and allow us to provide and continue providing important food and meals that help medically frail and low-income seniors.
Our Senior Helpings Program provides low-income seniors help with food. Many seniors said they rely on this program to have enough food to last through the entire month. Every month almost 2,000 seniors receive a food box, produce and bread each month to supplemental their food needs.
Mobile Food Pantry
The Food Bank also provides hunger relief to seniors through our Mobile Food Pantry. The Mobile Food Pantry brings 50 pounds of food through a traveling food pantry to both rural and urban communities. The food provides seniors with assistance for about one week. Last year, more than 200,000 people, including seniors, 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 seniors. Last year the Food Bank distributed more than 26 million pounds of food to our network of partner agencies and other programs. Many of these pounds turned into meals to feed nearly 40,000 people weekly.
Contact us for more information on how you can help or to make a donation to our New Mexico Food Bank today!