Our vision is simple: Healthy, hunger-free communities in Northern New Mexico. We work toward that vision by engaging a network of partners to develop solutions to create a hunger-free New Mexico.
Who’s hungry? They are the working adults trying to decide whether they should pay their heating bill or buy groceries with their meager wages. They are the seniors struggling to make ends meet on a small monthly stipend. They are those suffering from domestic abuse. They are men and women living without shelter. They are our community’s children.
Each month, The Food Depot distributes an average of 445,000 pounds of food and household products, providing more than 370,000 meals through its partner agencies.
Food banks prevent food waste by salvaging slightly damaged goods, products produced in excess and items nearing their sell date. The Food Depot collects donations of these types of food items from over 100 local product donors. With this effort, food that would usually end up in a landfill ends up in the hands of people in need.
Before throwing anything away, we offer rescued food unsuitable for people to hog farms, chicken farms and compost farms. Some items even end up at the Wildlife Center!
A Network of Partners
The Food Depot hunger network is comprised of more than 145 partner agencies including emergency food pantries, hot meal programs, homeless shelters, youth programs, group homes, senior centers, children’s homes, day care centers and shelters for battered families.
The Food Depot is a partner distribution organization of Feeding America, a nationwide network of food banks throughout the nation, serving all 50 states. The Food Depot is one of five food banks in the New Mexico Association of Food Banks.
Local and national product donors support The Food Depot’s efforts to end hunger. These donors include food manufacturers and distributors, grocery stores, restaurants, hotels, produce vendors, farms and other food service establishments.
The Food Depot provides relief to victims of natural disasters through local disaster relief agencies. In 2000, the food bank joined local efforts to aid the victims of the Cerro Grande fires by providing 1,361,467 pounds of food.
The Food Depot serves nine counties in Northern New Mexico: