The Food Depot
The Food Depot strives to end hunger in Northern New Mexico.
The Food Depot, Northern New Mexico’s food bank, collects food from national, state and local sources and provides these donations to hungry New Mexicans through more than 120 partner agencies in nine counties. Partner agencies include emergency food pantries, hot meal programs, homeless shelters, youth programs, shelters for battered families, senior centers, rehabilitation programs and day care centers. This service enables these nonprofit agencies to use their resources providing primary services such as programs for youth, counseling, shelter or case management as well as preparation of hot meals or food bags. The agencies can focus on programs rather than seeking out food donations.
Since 2000, The Food Depot has distributed more than 28.3 million pounds of food and related product, providing more than 37.7 million meals to people who are hungry in Northern New Mexico.
The food bank also provides a free delivery service to its partner agencies throughout Northern New Mexico. Delivery sites include Taos, Espanola, Mora, Las Vegas, Raton and Clayton, in addition to other rural locations.
Finally, The Food Depot directly addresses childhood hunger through its Food 4 Kids program. In partnership with the Santa Fe Public Schools, the food bank provides backpacks filled with child-friendly foods to more than 1,600 hungry students in 13 Santa Fe elementary schools. The program ensures children have access to food in the evenings and on weekends.
Sherry F. Hooper