Call to Action: Address Hunger and Food Insecurity in New Mexico
Dear New Mexicans,
The need for emergency food has hit a real crisis across New Mexico. Our children are the hungriest in the nation pre-pandemic and the situation is getting desperate for families, food banks, and food pantries statewide.
The emergency food providers count on volunteers to achieve their missions. Most of those volunteers throughout the state are retirees and our elders are at particularly high-risk of illness rights now. Our emergency food programs throughout the state have pantries closing because of lack of volunteers. Food banks and pantries are practicing social distancing to keep volunteers, staff, and the community safe as they distribute food to hungry people. Providers report 40-200% increases in families/individuals using services. We can all be a part of the solution.
1. Volunteer (if you're healthy and able).
2. Donate personal protective equipment (gloves and masks) to keep volunteers and the public healthy as food is shared.
3. Donate boxes and bags. Many emergency food providers have gone to drive through food distribution to limit contact and respond t the increased number of people using these community supports.
4. Donate cleaning supplies. Shelters and pantries maintain high standards of cleanliness and safety but hoarding of cleaning supplies means that they cannot buy these needed items.
5. Please give monetary donations to food banks and pantries to purchase large quantities of food and cover mileage and supplies to distribute food. Consider giving locally as well as finding a rural, frontier or Tribal community program to support as they have been particularly hard hit and experience food deserts during normal times.
6. Help your neighbors. You can practice social distancing and continue to reach out to neighbors/community members who may be unable to leave their home and offer help with the basics. You can call ahead and drop off needed items in their driveways. We all have something to offer each other.
Connect with our Emergency Food Providers
Food Pantries in Bernalillo County – Call First as the situation is rapidly changing.
Organization Name and Phone Number
Alamosa Health and Social Services Center
Calvary Church Albuquerque
Cathedral of St. John
Church of God New Mexico
CNM Mobile Food Pantry
(505) 224-4000 x53332
Comida Buena Food Pantry
East Central Health and Social Services Center
East Gate Church
East Mountain Food Pantry
First Bilingual Baptist Church
First Unitarian Church
Glory Christian Fellowship
Grant Chapel A.M.E. Church
Heaven Bound Ministries
Highland Baptist Church
Holy Family Catholic Church
Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal MI
Iglesia Triunfante de Jesucristo
John Marshall Health and Social Services Center
La Mesa Presbyterian Church
Living Word Christian Outreach
Los Griegos Health and Social Services Center
Sandia Church of the Nazarene
Montgomery Church of Christ
New Beginnings Church
New Mexico Dream Center
Pajarito Mesa Community Church of the Nazarene
Praise and Worship Center
Rio Grande Food Project
Sacred Word Church
San Jose Parish
Second Presbyterian Church
Silver Horizons New Mexico, Inc.
South Albuquerque Cooperative Ministry (SACM)
St. John XXIII Catholic Community
St. John's United Methodist Church - Albuquerque
St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church
St. Vincent de Paul - Albuquerque Clearinghouse
Steelbridge Resource Center
Storehouse New Mexico
Templo Roca de Salvacion
The Salvation Army
Triumph Centre at Bethel
Valley Gospel Tabernacle
Veterans Integration Centers (VIC) - Albuquerque
Food Pantries in Valencia County – Call First
Belen Area Food Pantry
Belen First Assembly of God
Belen MainStreet Partnership
Christian Family Fellowship COG
Los Lunas First Baptist Church
Midwest NM Community Action Program (CAP)
Peralta Memorial UMC
If you have questions about other needs, you can search on the FREE SHARE New Mexico resource Directory at sharenm.org.
Wishing you safety, health, and the power of knowing we're in this together,
The team at New Mexico First and Share New Mexico