ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Food pantries and food banks gathered Wednesday to talk about how to end hunger in New Mexico.
The discussion took place at the Marriott Hotel in Uptown Albuquerque.
A speaker said New Mexico is the worst state when it comes to childhood hunger, and second to last for hungry seniors.
“We are seeing more and more seniors going to food banks. There were 30,000 seniors last year that went to food banks because they didn’t have enough food in their refrigerators,” said Delores Gonzales, of End New Mexico Hunger.
The organization held a statewide competition asking Girl Scout troops to fill backpacks with food. The backpacks will then be given to hungry students and their families.
The winning troop from El Rito collected 1,000 items of food.