Roadrunner Food Bank gears up for holiday season

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – It’s hard to ignore the holiday-themed commercials on TV or the decorations in big box stores. Now that Halloween is over, Thanksgiving are officially around the corner. For many, part of the holidays mean giving back and the need is high in New Mexico.

Representatives with the Roadrunner Food Bank say many are still feeling the effects of the recession, believe it or not. It’s why they’re trying to fill their warehouse so they can push as much food out the door to partnering agencies as possible.

“That network of roughly hundreds of agencies is touching the lives of 70,000 hungry people on a weekly basis,” said Roadrunner Food Bank Communications Director Sonya Warwick.

Warwick says they’ve had a record year in terms of how much food they’ve been able to provide, 25 million meals. That amounts to roughly one third of the meals hungry people in New Mexico need. Warwick says they’re thankful for a generous community here in Albuquerque and rely on people who are able to give, both financially or with food.

This year, they’re bringing back another way to contribute, online food drives.

“You can use that food drive to build a team, invite others to give and participate in helping to solve hunger this holiday season,” Warwick said.

If you’re looking for other ways to get involved, Smith’s has food drive barrels out throughout the metro and, remember, for every dollar they get, the food bank is able to provide five meals.

For more information about online food drives, click here.

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