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 415,000 people or 20% of our neighbors are going hungry. Weekly, Roadrunner Food Bank is able to help nearly 40,000 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 131%. Last year, we distributed more than 26 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. Additionally, statistics indicate that:
- For every person we help, there are two more in need of assistance
- Hungry people make difficult choices between utilities and food
- Lower-income working families struggle to pay for life’s necessities
- Many seniors make the difficult decision to pay for either food or medicine each month
- Over 50% of our affiliated food pantries turn away people because of a lack of food
- Last year more than 232,000 children, adults and seniors use the services provided by Roadrunner Food Bank and our partner agencies
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.