Reflections from A Summer VISTA Leader: Candace Moore


During the last weeks of our AmeriCorps Summer VISTA internships, Candace Moore & Osha Ogden have contributed greatly with Roadrunner to enrolling clients to receive SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits. This week, we wanted to share the reflections from Summer VISTA leader, Candace Moore. Next week, we will feature the reflections from Osha Ogden. Thank you, Candace & Osha, for helping us solve hunger across New Mexico!

“Early this summer, a friend who works at Roadrunner casually mentioned an internship opening at the Food Bank and encouraged me to look into it. I had no idea what the job would possibly entail, but I had been looking for something to occupy my summer and decided to apply. I am so glad that I took that chance.

Working as a Summer VISTA has been one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my professional career.  I have had the privilege of working with volunteers who are truly making a difference in their communities, clients who have challenged me to broaden my understanding of hunger, and the amazing Roadrunner staff.

Before working at Roadrunner, I had a basic understanding of a food pantry but no idea what a mobile was. After a brief crash course, I was educated on the ins and outs of every type of non-profit food distribution we supply. At the first mobile I ever attended, I had the realization that I have never experienced hunger in my life. I have seen poverty, but realizing that there are people experiencing hunger in my own community opened my eyes to the vast need in the state of New Mexico.

Over the last ten weeks, the SNAP program and all of the volunteers have become increasingly important to me. Thank you all for the hours you put into this program, teaching Osha and I the ropes, answering questions, clarifying tricky applications, and taking the time to listen to and encourage clients. I am so thankful I had the privilege of witnessing all of you care for your community in such a tangible way.”

Matthew “Matt” Young is the Communications Coordinator at Roadrunner Food Bank of New Mexico. To comment on this or other blog features, you can comment directly below; call Matthew at (505) 349-8845; or e-mail Matthew at


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