Hunger Statistics in New Mexico
The face of hunger is changing, and it isn’t always obvious. It might be your friend, your parents or a co-worker who is struggling to put food on the table. This year, more than 360,000 people or 17% of our neighbors are at-risk of hunger. Weekly, Roadrunner Food Bank is able to help 70,000 hungry clients through our network of partner agencies and direct service programs. The people who need food assistance from our New Mexico Food Bank might even be a friend or a family member.
In the last ten years, the amount of food we distribute annually has grown more than 70%. Last year, we distributed nearly 30 million pounds of food to those in need of food assistance, but it is still not enough. The recession, high unemployment, underemployment, and low job wages are contributing factors to the growing need for help with food right here in our state. Review the latest Hunger in America report or take a few minutes to read a few of the top-line fact from the study below:
- 53% of hungry households include at least one person who has worked in the past 12 months. The remaining were either disabled, in poor health or retired.
- 59% of hungry households report choosing between paying for medicine or medical care and food in the last year
- 57% of the hungry households in our food line also report using SNAP benefits. SNAP benefits do not provide all the meals a hungry family needs and many turn to our network to cover their food needs the rest of the month.
- 68% of people we already serve plan to obtain food on a regular basis from Roadrunner Food Bank and our network of partners.
- Almost 90% of hungry households have an annual income of less than $20,000 a year and the rest report having no income at all.
- A majority of the people we help live in poverty and below the federal poverty guidelines.
But there are always positives to find in every situation. For example, for every dollar we receive as a donation, our New Mexico Food Bank is able to distribute five meals to hungry people in our community. Every dollar counts and every donation we receive is put to good use for with people who need it most. You can make a difference in our hunger relief efforts in New Mexico! Contact us today to make an online donation.
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.
- 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