Morgan Stanley Helps Roadrunner Solve Childhood Hunger!


Morgan Stanley has been a critical partner in working with Roadrunner Food Bank to ensure that low-income children and their families have access to a source of nutritious food to prepare at home. The funding Morgan Stanley has previously provided to the Food Bank’s Childhood Hunger Initiative is already providing 1.3 million pounds of food to elementary schools across the state.

This year, Morgan Stanley has provided a third $50,000 gift to Roadrunner Food Bank with the intent of helping the Food Bank expand its Childhood Hunger Initiative to middle schools and high schools. The program has been traditionally available only to partner elementary schools.  The Food Bank has already identified 31 new schools to receive the program.  An additional 465,000 pounds of food will be provided to the expansion schools for the remaining part of the school year.

“We are honored to be able to help Roadrunner Food Bank in its important fight against child hunger,” said Morgan Stanley Branch Manager Robert Hartmann. “Giving back to the communities where we live and work is one of Morgan Stanley’s core values.”

The grant is part of the latest phase in Morgan Stanley’s more than $14 million commitment to Feeding America and its network of 200 local food banks that distributes millions of meals every year to children and families across the United States.  Over the past three years, food banks like Roadrunner have collectively received more than $4 million from the firm to help launch, expand and sustain critical childhood feeding programs.

The Childhood Hunger Initiative provides nutritious food to school partners for the benefit of their struggling families.  The initiative provides a combination of hunger programs to participating school partners which includes a monthly mobile food pantry, the ability for the school to create an on-site, fixed food pantry at the school and supplemental backpacks filled with food in times of emergency or crisis.

“New Mexico is ranked fourth for childhood hunger among all states in the U.S.  This expansion funding gives us another avenue to provide new partner schools access to nutritious food for their struggling children and families,” said Melody Wattenbarger, president and CEO of Roadrunner Food Bank.  “We are grateful to Morgan Stanley and their employees who continue to partner with us year after year. Their generosity and volunteerism makes a tremendous difference.”

Photo of Morgan Stanley-Albuquerque staff, working as volunteers at the Kennedy Middle School-Childhood Hunger Initiative (CHI) Mobile Food Pantry, December 19th, 2015, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Sonya Warwick is the Communications Officer at Roadrunner Food Bank of New Mexico. To comment on this or other blog features, you can comment directly below; call Sonya at (505) 349-8682; or e-mail Sonya at .

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