While many New Mexicans will be enjoying plentiful meals with their families this Thanksgiving, numerous others, unfortunately, will not.
Every week, nearly 40,000 New Mexicans seek help getting food and groceries, according to the New Mexico Association of Food Banks. (That’s the equivalent of the population of Farmington). Meanwhile, roughly 17,000 New Mexicans annually are without a home at some point during the year, according to the New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness.
Food banks and charities across the state work hard to provide assistance to hungry and homeless New Mexicans, but there is always a need for more good Samaritans. In fact, 70% of food pantries in New Mexico rely solely on volunteers.
So maybe before (or after) you have your well-deserved fill of turkey, posole and enchiladas, you’ll consider donating a bit of your time this Thanksgiving to a food pantry or homeless shelter, and help fellow New Mexicans in need.
Here are a few suggested food banks and soup kitchens at which you can volunteer:
The Road Runner Food Bank
5840 Office Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109
BELEN/LOS LUNAS AREA
Midwest New Mexico Community Action Program (CAP)
549 Don Pasqual Rd
Los Lunas, NM 87031
LV Samaritan House
220 Bernalillo Street
Las Vegas, NM 87701
St. Felix Pantry
4020 Barbara Loop SE
Rio Rancho, NM 87124
1222 Siler Rd
Santa Fe, NM 87507
If you do volunteer this Thanksgiving, please let us know by sharing photos or messages on our . We’d love to spread your goodwill and inspire other New Mexicans to do the same.