Donate-a-Dime Organization of the Month: Roadrunner Food Bank
Every month, La Montañita sponsors a local community-based organization through our Donate-a-Dime bag program.
By Brian Brown, Roadrunner Food Bank
Hunger is a serious issue in New Mexico. According to Feeding America, one in five people is at risk of hunger. The situation for our children is much worse with nearly 30% or one in three children at risk of hunger.
For more than 35 years, Roadrunner Food Bank has been committed to solving hunger across our state. Every week, we provide enough food to reach 70,000 hungry people who worry and struggle to put enough food on the table throughout the month. More than half of the people in our food lines have someone employed in their household. The remaining are seniors and the disabled. Low wages force the poor into our food lines every month. The poor and hungry are hurt FIRST and worst during times of economic instability and make tough choices to survive.
Research shows there is a link between health and hunger. Hungry homes have a greater number of people who have high blood pressure, diabetes and general poor health. In 46% of households experiencing hunger have someone who is in “less than good” health. Another 25% of hungry households said they have a family member in “poor health.” In hungry homes, 75% report purchasing inexpensive unhealthy food as the most common way to have some food to eat at home.
Research shows that more than 63 million meals are missing from the plates of hungry people across our state. Year after year, we continue to increase our food distribution, but the meal gap is still very serious. For every meal we currently distribute, the meal gap suggests we need to be able to provide nearly two more.
HUNGER AFFECTS VULNERABLE PEOPLE
- 89% of hungry households have a yearly income of less than $20,000
- 68% of people we already serve plan to obtain food on a regular basis from the Food Bank and our network of partners
- It is a myth that only the homeless need and seek help with food. Research shows that 89% of hungry people live in permanent housing such as a home or an apartment.
- 57% report receiving SNAP benefits. Of those households, 94% said SNAP DID NOT last the entire month and must stand in a food line for help with food the rest of the month.
Roadrunner Food Bank is a distribution center supplying food to more than 500 partner agencies throughout the state and several regional food banks. The Food Bank also distributes food through direct service hunger programs. Two have recently been updated to increase the amount of food.
The Childhood Hunger and Senior Hunger Initiatives bring a combination of hunger-relief programs to schools, low-income senior housing sites, senior centers and other locations where people congregate to receive food on a regular basis. These initiatives allow us to t riple the amount of food going to vulnerable populations.
HELP SOLVE HUNGER!
Give. For every $1 you donate to the Food Bank, we are able to distribute five meals.
Volunteer. People from all walks of life are welcome to volunteer including families, schools, business, civic organizations, etc.
Online Food Drive. Host a food drive—virtually. Register a team at www.rrfb.org/ofd to start raising funds among friends, family and colleagues for the Food Bank.
Tour. Let us take you on a tour. Invite 5-10 people to join you.
Advocate. Contact us to learn about how you can help advocate to protect hunger programs in our country.