Water Donations Are Important Too!

Thanks to a generous donation from Crystal Springs, Roadrunner Food Bank has roughly $16,000 worth of water to distribute to partners across our state.  Water is very important for hunger organizations to have on hand.  Why?  Some of the locations where we bring and then distribute food have no or little access to utilities.  And hungry people living in those remote locations not only are experiencing hunger, but they also are trying to figure out how to keep their perishable food from spoiling or must haul in water to drink, wash dishes, do laundry, etc.

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Many of us just assume that living in 21st century America means everyone has access to running water or electricity in their home.  However, just a 20 minute drive from the Food Bank, there are several communities with no electricity or running water.  They rely on power generators and haul water to their home. For a population already struggling, finding and securing clean water and power adds many more steps to an already complicated existence.

Having a supply of water on hand at the Food Bank also ensures water is available during times of disaster.  When unexpected disasters happen, we have water ready to send to the affected community immediately.  When the Magdalena community’s well ran dry, our hunger-relief partners reached out to us immediately and asked what we could do to help.  Until a more permanent solution could be found, we provided our partners clean drinking water to the community of Magdalena right away.

There have been other times too that having water available in our inventory was important during a natural disaster.  Flooding in southern New Mexico has been a regular occurrence these past few summers.  We often partner with other organizations like the American Red Cross or our hunger-relief network of food pantries to bring clean drinking water to communities experiencing flooding and people become displaced from their homes.

Flooding often leaves the current drinking water filled with sediment or other debris unsuitable for people to drink.  When that happens, communities put a boiling restriction on water from the tap or ask the community not to drink the water at all until the issue has been resolved.   As a disaster responder we work with the necessary organizations when our help is needed and provide both water and emergency food too.

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Thank you to Crystal Springs and the many donors who provide us clean drinking water so we have it on hand the moment it is needed.

Sonya Warwick is the Communications Manager at Roadrunner Food Bank.

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