Hunger Is Closer Than You Think
Hunger in New Mexico is often hidden, but it affects one of every six people and one of every four children in our state.
Hunger Has Many Faces
Right now, many of our neighbors are an illness, an accident or an unexpected repair away from needing food assistance. Children . . . working families . . . seniors. Someone you know is hungry right now.
A 2014 study conducted by Feeding America and the New Mexico Association of Food Banks gave us an unsettling picture of those seeking emergency food assistance:
- 30% are children
- 21% are seniors
- 16% are raising their grandchildren
Of households needing help, 89% have an income of less than $20,000 annually, or $384 per week. Sixty-one percent report having to choose between paying for utilities or medical care and buying food.
And more than half of hungry households—53%—include at least one person who has worked in the past 12 months. In households with no one able to work, 87% are disabled, retired, in poor health or act as caretaker of another person.
Hunger Remains a Constant
Hunger remains a constant in the lives of many New Mexicans. Every day, tens of thousands of people struggle with having enough food to eat. They turn to emergency food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters to help them feed their families. The Food Depot makes sure those organizations have food to give.
Partner agencies such as food pantries, meal programs, homeless shelters, youth programs and senior centers distribute food received from The Food Depot to people who do not have enough to eat.
Your Donations Count
Out of every dollar you donate, 94 cents goes directly towards providing meals to people in need. Every dollar you donate provides four meals for someone suffering from hunger.
Your Help Matters
Last year, with your help, The Food Depot distributed 6.2 million pounds of food — enough for 5.2 million meals — to the most vulnerable members of our community. That translates to 430,000 meals per month or 70,000 people served per quarter.