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Food Rescue in Alb. & NM

According to FoodRescue.net more than 40% of the food in America goes to waste.  Through programs such as Roadrunner Food Bank’s Food Rescue Program, we are keeping good, edible food out of landfills and into the mouths of hungry people in Albuquerque and throughout New Mexico. Rescuing food is an important way we obtain food to distribute to partner agencies and our direct service programs.  In 2013, the Food Bank rescued 22.7 million pounds.

The Food Bank has been rescuing food since our beginning in 1980. Some of the first food distributed by the Food Bank was corn which is represented in our logo.

The Food Rescue Program at Roadrunner is one of the largest in Albuquerque and New Mexico. The program rescues food from grocery stores, food manufacturers, growers, farmers, wholesalers and others. A majority of the food we rescue is unprepared food. The top rescued foods are bakery goods, meat, dairy, produce, canned items and dry goods.

On average our fleet of box trucks and tractor trailers pick up rescued food from hundreds of locations in Albuquerque and New Mexico weekly, bringing it back to the Food Bank for sorting and distribution.

Rescued food often requires prep prior to being distributed. Volunteers help the Food Bank sort, label, box or repack rescued food items. Their hard work helps us quickly distribute rescued food.

The Benefits of Food Rescue

Hungry people benefit from rescued food providing a more well-rounded, balanced meal and diet.  For the Food Bank, the program helps us secure food we would otherwise not have to distribute and ensures we always have a variety of different food available in our warehouses.

There are benefits for the food donor too. Rescued food prevents good food from being thrown away and diverts food from landfills.  It also helps food industry donors reduce disposal costs and frees up valuable floor space for storage of surplus food. And food donations are protected under federal and state law.  View the laws here.

We have many food industry donors that contributed 22.7 million pounds of food last year.  We thank each of them for their generous support.  See the top five food donors from 2013 below.

Top Food Rescue Donors in Albuquerque and New Mexico in 2013

  • Walmart – 5.2 million pounds
  • Walmart Distribution Center – 3.8 million pounds
  • Sam’s Club – 1 million pounds
  • Bimbo Bakeries – 885,000 pounds
  • Smith’s Food and Drug Stores – 748,000 pounds

If you are in the food industry and would like general information about donating food, please visit our food industry informational page here.  For detailed information on our food rescue program contact Julie Anderson at julie@rrfb.org or 505.349.8933.

Recently Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and the USDA will begin placing an emphasis on food rescue and asking Americans to participate.


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