Making Ends Meet: When Working Isn’t Enough
Hunger is a crisis.
Hunger is a growing crisis in Northern New Mexico. According to Map the Meal Gap 2017, 13.4% of New Mexicans in The Food Depot’s service area are food insecure. Because families with children disproportionately experience hunger, the number of children going hungry is more alarming: 13,260. More than half of these families have one or more members working, yet must still make choices between food and heat, food and rent/mortgage, or food and medical care.
Our workshop — Making Ends Meet: When Working Isn’t Enough
The Food Depot and its 145 partners in northern New Mexico hear stories of the struggle to make ends meet every day. Often, such stories come from people whose voices aren’t being heard. For those outside hunger relief work, terms like the “working poor” have little to no meaning. Who are these people? How can someone who is working be poor? How can someone who is working still experience hunger? What does it take to make ends meet?
Join us as we explore the life of a family with two adults who are working full-time at minimum wage jobs. They have two young children. Each month, this family is forced to make heartbreaking choices. Walk in their shoes. What would you choose?
Hunger is inextricably linked to poverty, therefore any solution to hunger must address poverty first. The activity of providing immediate hunger relief to persons experiencing food insecurity also plays a role in affecting systemic change. Although a short-term solution, alleviating hunger through the provision of food makes children ready to learn in school, improves the health of all recipients, and reduces stress. Hunger relief contributes to improvements in educational readiness and health outcomes. Long term, only policy changes that address poverty in meaningful and intentional ways will affect more significant change toward ending hunger.
Upcoming workshop dates
Saturday, November 2
Presentation as part of New Mexico’s 68th Annual NAACP Conference
(at The Food Depot)
A workshop at The Santa Fe Community Gallery in conjunction with their current exhibition:“Longer Table: Food, Nourishment and Sustainability”