Roadrunner Food Bank’s Mobile Food Pantry program will be celebrating its sixth birthday this June 17th and I had the extreme pleasure of working with the program from its start. Over the years, as the program has matured, we have experienced many changes. I recall showing up for our first, trial distribution, held at a trailer park sponsored by one of our current partners. I got down from the truck (who knew I would be riding frequently in 53 foot tractor trailers!) and she asked me how the program ran. I believe my response was, “Got any ideas?” Now, almost six years later we went from a single distribution to 100 plus monthly mobile food pantries across our 16 county service area.
During the past five and half years I have had the pleasure of meeting a wide range or committed people who seek out this program in hopes of making a difference in their community. Each person who finds us has a different story of why they feel compelled to get involved. The most memorable story was shared with me when I first spoke with Brad Brown. Brad had called me in January of 2009 to ask how he could start a mobile food pantry distribution in Martineztown. He explained to me that his young neighbor knocked on his door and tried to sell him his shoes so he could afford to buy food for his young wife and child. Since then, Brad Brown and Michael Griego have been known as the guys who gave up their unused gym membership to help provide food to their community. Since starting the program as a birthday gift to Michael five years ago this month, their distribution has served almost 6,000 families.
(Students at Annunciation Catholic School regularly volunteer at the Martineztown monthly distribution along with community volunteers. Brad and Michael issued medals to mark the 5th year anniversary of the program
which listed the number of people helped with food at the site – 11,116 adults, 7,130 children in 5,923 households.)
When you look at the impact our Mobile Food Pantry partners have had in just one year, the figures tell it all. Last year, more than 5.5 million pounds of food was distributed to hungry people all across our state just through this one program alone. 330,800 of our fellow New Mexicans were helped with food giving them the ability to fuel their bodies and minds helping them fulfill their role in the world.
To each of our Mobile Food Pantry partners celebrating the fifth (or sixth) year of their monthly Mobile Food Pantry distributions, we thank you! Your unwavering commitment to providing food for those in need in your community is inspiring! Your efforts are reaching into communities and changing lives.
- Corrales Seventh Day Adventist
- ENMU Roswell
- San Juan Diego Mission
- Magdalena Samaritan Center
- Lincoln County Health Council
- Trinity Southern Baptist Church
- Catron Food Pantries
- Town of Estancia
- SVDP – Our Lady of Sorrows La Joya
- SVDP – Holy Family Church
- Rio Rancho SDA Church
- Brown/Griego Martineztown Mobile Food Pantry
- Mescalero Elderly Program
- Edgewood Mobile Food Pantry
- Heart’s Desire
- Artesia Mobile Food Pantry
- United Way of Lea County
- SVDP – St. Therese
- Christina Kent Early Childhood Center
- Eubank Academy
- Let’s Move That Food
- Promised Land
- Rio Grande SDA
- Woods End Church
For more information about the Food Bank’s Mobile Food Pantry, click here.
Alissa Barnes is the Director of Programs at Roadrunner Food Bank.