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Posted December 1, 2011

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APS Employees, Students Donate More than 20,000 Pounds of Food to Roadrunner Food Bank in November

Food bank spokeswoman says donations needed now more than ever

Employees at the Alice and Bruce King Education Complex (City Centre) contributed more than 400 pounds of food to the Roadrunner Food Bank drive sponsored by the Albuquerque Teachers Federation and the National Association of Letter Carriers in the weeks before Thanksgiving.

The annual letter carriers food drive raised more than 216,000 pounds of food this year from the Albuquerque and Rio Rancho area, a 20 percent increase from last year, according to Sonya Warwick, Communications Officer for Roadrunner Food Bank. The City Centre food drive was sponsored by the Home Hospital Department and the Department of Language and Cultural Equity. In addition, 19 schools and other APS sites participated in the letter carriers food drive, donating an estimated 9,000 pounds of food.

Several APS schools held their own food drives as well and were very generous in November, collecting nearly 20,000 pounds of food. Sandia High was the biggest contributor, donating nearly 5,000 pounds of food to Roadrunner. The largest food bank in the state distributes more than 26 million pounds every year to the hungry in Albuquerque and across the state.

Other schools participating in food drives for the Roadrunner Food Bank during November include Lavaland, Coronado, Edward Gonzales, Inez, Zuni, Alamosa, Chamiza, Monte Vista, Carlos Rey, Sombre del Monte and Matheson Park elementaries; Madison, McKinley, Desert Ridge, L.B. Johnson and Garfield middle schools; and Volcano Vista, Valley, West Mesa, Highland and School on Wheels high schools.

“Our heartfelt thanks goes to everyone who helped coordinate a food drive and everyone who gave,” said Warwick. “The donations are needed now more than ever, and we are so appreciative.”

For more information on the Roadrunner Food Bank including how to coordinator a food drive or donate, go to www.rrfb.org.

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