Feeding Hungry Seniors in New Mexico
Senior citizens are one of the most at-risk populations and 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 tens of thousands of senior citizens, more than 20% 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 for every meal we provide, two more are still needed by our hungry neighbors including our seniors. You can help to alleviate the burden on this vulnerable population by making a donation to our Food Bank.
- Hungry households with seniors are also experiencing healthy issues. Senior households report that 73% have someone in the home with high blood pressure and another 46% have a senior in the home with diabetes.
- 57% of our clients on government programs, like SNAP, can’t make it through the month. 68% of hungry homes report using our hunger network on a regular basis to obtain help with food.
- 75% of hungry homes report purchasing inexpensive, unhealthy food as the most common way to have at least some food at home
- 59% of hungry households 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.
Senior Hunger Initiative
Our Senior Hunger Initiative provides a combination of hunger-relief programs to low-income senior housing sites, senior centers and other locations who serve seniors. Each site has the opportunity to have a fixed or on-site food pantry as well as a monthly mobile food pantry which brings fruits, vegetables, dairy, meat and other important food to low-income seniors.
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 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, 21% of whom are seniors.
Contact us for more information on how you can help or to make a donation to our New Mexico Food Bank today!
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