NM food banks partners with Chilis to fight hunger

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) — Hunger continues to be a problem in New Mexico, but there’s a way to help those in need just by eating out eat this week.

Chili’s restaurants all over New Mexico are teaming up with regional food banks and is donating 15 percent of sales to those organizations.

In Albuquerque, Roadrunner Food Bank will be able to use every dollar raised to distribute five extra meals.

This is a new program and it will last through February 20. It’s an idea inspired by the continuing problem of hunger in New Mexico.

Food bank officials say they are seeing very long lines, especially since the last round of food stamp cuts in November. They say they anticipate even more need now that lawmakers have decided to cut food stamps nationally by $800 million a year.

Those cuts affect one in five New Mexicans who rely on the extra help.

“We meet clients all the time who it’s the first time they’ve been to a distribution of ours– maybe because of unemployment, lost benefits, or their hours are cut,” said Sonya Warwick of Roadrunner Food Bank.

The food bank staff say one of the biggest way people can help the hungry is to volunteer to help with distributions.

“Between all of us collaborating, we can do something good for the community,” said volunteer Jason Moore.

If you want to participate in the program with Chili’s, all you have to do is bring in the program flier or mention the program to your server.

If you’d like to get involved with the food bank by volunteering, you can call Roadrunner Food Bank at 505-247-2052.

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