ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A New Mexico nonprofit is stepping in to save another on the verge of closing.
Adelante announced Thursday it’s taking over some of the functions of The Storehouse, which is the state’s largest food pantry.
The Storehouse gives food to about 54,000 people a year – mostly the working poor.
But just a couple weeks ago, it almost couldn’t afford to pay its short-handed staff.
Adelante says it will now take over managerial functions of The Storehouse on Broadway near Central.
The food pantry has been around for nearly 40 years but never had a steady source of funding other than donations.
Adelante helps seniors and people with disabilities with getting jobs, services and more.
With this new partnership, Adelante says it will be able to take the people they help and get them volunteer opportunities and jobs at the storehouse.
Adelante will also take over payroll, human resources, facilities and most fundraising.
Adelante says it has enough cash to keep The Storehouse going for a couple more months, but really needs to raise funds fast.
They didn’t want to see it close because of how many people it serves.
“It’s critical that the storehouse remain in the community. It’s local New Mexican, it’s been here for decades. Adelante is local New Mexican, been here for decades, and without programs like The Storehouse and hopefully programs like Adelante, this community is not the same place,” said Mike Kivitz, president of Adelante.
The storehouse says it’s in this financial mess because donations are down and because the old leadership didn’t get the grants and corporate partnerships they used to.
The Storehouse’s former director resigned in March.
Adelante is already running The Storehouse operations.