National Nutrition Month (#NNM) This March at Roadrunner Food Bank!

Did you know that March marks National Nutrition Month (#NNM)? From the home to school to the workplace and beyond, we at Roadrunner know there are many ways we can jump start our commitments to healthy eating, exercising, and ultimately building more nourished and stronger communities!

We can all make a difference and at Roadrunner, from continuing to increase the amount of fresh produce we rescue and beyond, we can make March a proud #NNM! Last year, Roadrunner rescued some 9 million pounds of produce from a grand total of 22 million pounds of rescued food. We are also cultivating relationships with local institutions such as the Bosque School and Seed2Need, where service learning and local fruit and vegetable production goals converge. During a recent Bosque School volunteer shift here at Roadrunner, Service Learning Coordinator Anna Rutins told us,

“When we help with Seed2Need’s community gardens, we have one group of our middle school students seed veggies in the spring and come the fall time, another group of students harvests the veggies our spring group of students seeded.” Seed2Need makes it a proactive goal to then distribute its harvests among area nonprofit organizations and hunger relief agencies, including us at Roadrunner.

There are also day-to-day means of how you can become involved with #NNM. The USDA’s ChooseMyPlate.gov website offers accessible ways to get started. They range from activities to allow more time for kids to play games, to get into the practice of fixing healthier dinners, or to learn more about healthy SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) options.

Furthermore, you can also consider working out so that every mile you bike, run, or walk becomes a gift to support Roadrunner. When you download the CharityMiles.org mobile phone app, you can choose “Feeding America” as your giving organization. Every mile you work out becomes a specific dollar amount which is donated to Feeding America and in turn to Roadrunner. Whether you over 2 miles, 5 miles, 10 miles, 20 miles, or beyond, you are increasing the number of meals we can provide to hungry New Mexicans.

Don’t let #NNM pass you by without doing your small part for not only your personal health and family health, but also for the health of your community. To share your updates of what you’re doing for #NNM, you can:

Matthew “Matt” Young is the Communications Coordinator at Roadrunner Food Bank of New Mexico. To ask questions or share comments about his posts, you can e-mail Matt or call him at 505.349.8845.

Cover Photo of 4th Grade Manzano Day School Students Volunteering to Sort Produce, February 2015,

Photo Courtesy of Matthew Young

 

 



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