According to the Food Depot in Santa Fe, hunger affects one of every five people in one of every three children in the state. A 2014 study conducted by Feeding America and the New Mexico Association of Food Banks gave an unsettling picture of those seeking emergency food assistance: 30% are children, 21% are seniors, and 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.
The Food Depot will pick up donations on September 17, 2016.
Contact Linda Flatt for more information at (505) 474-8028
or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.