Last year, was a record year of service thanks to an army of people in our community that give us a precious gift…time. More than 12,200 people volunteered in our warehouse at least once (some two or three times a week) to help us prep food for distribution. Other volunteers helped us in community based activities such as executing our Hunger Study, educating people about SNAP (food stamp benefits) and many other duties that help us in our work. The 12,200 volunteers also contributed a record number of service hours to the Food Bank last year totaling more than 85,000 volunteer hours!
We are honored and grateful for every volunteer, and every minute of service provided. Volunteers are the reason we are able to distribute almost 100,000 pounds of food a day, and why we were able to distribute a record number of pounds…26.6 million last year. As volunteers, you are a tremendous resource and there is no way we could distribute the volumes of food our hungry neighbors rely on every day without your gift of service.
More than 150 employees of Kirtland Federal Credit Union came to help earlier this month. One task volunteers help with is sorting through produce.
In fact, when you put a dollar value to the countless hours volunteers contributed right here at Roadrunner Food Bank it represents $1.5 million dollars (according to the value of a volunteer hour in New Mexico rated by Independent Sector).
Despite all this, we still need more help! We recently expanded our volunteer opportunities at our Albuquerque Branch. We estimate that for every two-hour volunteer shift, we need about 100 people willing to donate their time to help us prep food for distribution to hungry people all over the state.
Kirtland FCU employees also helped repack rice, beans and cereal into
smaller family size servings.
With the holidays arriving and the number of food donations coming in, the Food Bank will need even more volunteer help this holiday season. We hope you will consider volunteering some time at the Food Bank during the week! Here are some dates to consider:
- Monday – Friday in a two-hour shift between 8 am and 6 pm in Albuquerque or Monday –Friday from 8 am to 3 pm in Las Cruces
- Saturday, November 23 at 11 Albuquerque area post offices. Shifts are available at various post offices primarily from 2 pm to 7 pm
- Sunday, November 24 from 8 am to 2 pm to participate in Sortin’ Sunday in Albuquerque. We will open this volunteer day very soon via our online appointment system.
To volunteer, register online via this link or call 505.349.8825 in Albuquerque or 575.523.4390 in Las Cruces.
On behalf of all the staff of the Food Bank, and the tens of thousands of hungry people you help us provide food to every week, thank you! Volunteers are truly priceless!
Sonya Warwick is the Communications Officer at Roadrunner Food Bank.