Roadrunner Food Bank Helps APS Families During Summer
Volunteers needed to prep food for distribution and help those who are hungry across New Mexico.
June 20, 2013
School's out for summer, but hunger's still in session.
For low-income and vulnerable families and their children, summer can be a time of increased hunger. Many children qualify for federally subsidized meals during the school year, but once summer is here, families often don’t have the money for those meals at home.
With the help of Feeding® America donor Morgan Stanley, families struggling to provide meals this summer will now have access to food. Morgan Stanley has gifted Roadrunner Food Bank through its national tie to Feeding® America $50,000 to fund eight summer feeding sites, including five at APS schools. About 62 families will receive 50 pounds of food or nearly 42 meals each distribution. About half of the food they receive every other week is produce. The five school sites in Albuquerque are La Mesa, Mission and Pajarito elementaries; Hayes Mid-School and Atrisco Heritage Academy.
The Roardunner Food Bank is seeking volunteers to prep food for distribution and help hungry clients across the state. The Food Bank can accommodate a maximum of 100 volunteers per shift at its Albuquerque branch location.
Matt Sanderson, event and volunteer engagement manager said, “Thanks to the generosity of some of our largest food donors, we are seeing an unexpected influx of food. While these donations are wonderful and help us feed hungry clients around the state, we are in desperate need of more volunteer help. Right now we estimate we need about 100 volunteers every two hours between 8 am and 3 pm.”
Last year, more than 10,000 people volunteered at the Food Bank, but more help is needed this summer. Volunteers help prep food for distribution by sorting food and produce, packing bread boxes, helping re-pack bulk items into smaller quantities, helping process recycling materials, pulling orders for food being delivered to agencies, and so much more. The Food Bank depends on the help of a small army of volunteers to prep about 90,000 pounds that leave its docks every day for distribution to a network of hundreds of food pantries, soup kitchens, and other food assistance programs in the state.