ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The government shutdown has left many families who never thought they'd need help, now turning to local food banks.
Roadrunner Food Bank is stepping up its efforts to help people who have suddenly found themselves in need.
The food bank held a special emergency food giveaway yesterday at Kirtland Air Force Base. They planned on serving 75 people, but 150 showed up.
Many of these new families in need live off of one income, the furlough has left them without any fallback.
While food bank employees say they haven't been overwhelmed with call for help, they believe there are families out there who may be too embarrassed to ask for help. They say these families could be holding off to see how long they can go without have to ask for assistance.
New Mexico already ranks amongst the worst in the country for food insecurity.
“We are currently experiencing food insecurity. And now people are experiencing food insecurity for the first time. There already is a big need for assistance," said Stephanie Miller of Roadrunner Food Bank.
If your family needs help getting food, do not shy away from calling the food bank at (505) 247-2052. They will refer you to a food pantry in your neighborhood.
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