While many New Mexicans are getting ready to cook a big meal for Thanksgiving, the Roadrunner Food Bank is seeing its shelves become pretty empty.
The food bank says it’s been happening for months.
Kimberly Hinojos and her three kids have been going to the Rio Grande Food Project food pantry every month for five years.
“I noticed I needed help when I became a single parent, with my third child,” said Kimberly Hinojos, a single mother of four who benefits from the food pantry.
Kimberly says during every trip pantry she’s given enough food to get her and her kids through at least three days.
“This kind of help, helps me a lot with my children,” said Kimberly.
She gets everything from bread, to canned beans and vegetables and sometimes clothes and toys.
“They sometimes even help for a toy, or clothes. Last month we came, they gave me a lot of clothes for them,” said Kimberly.
Kimberly is one of over 4,000 people who benefit from the Rio Grande Food Project — one of the 500 food organizations in New Mexico that receive the majority of their inventory from the Roadrunner Food Bank.
However, the food bank has been seeing a shortage of food supplies.
“The donations that we see from large scale food industry donors who were obtaining large tractor trailer loads of food, from our national organization, Feeding America…we’re not seeing those non perishable items in the same way,” said Sonya Warwick with the Roadrunner Food Bank.
The food bank explains it used to receive tractor trailers full of donations from Feeding America.
“For some reason it’s the nonperishable food side that we are seeing this temporary reduction,” said Warwick.
Regardless of the empty shelves, Roadrunner Food Bank says it will figure out a way to continue helping the same number of individuals and families put meals on the table.
Over the weekend, mail carriers in New Mexico collected 200,000 pounds of food for the Roadrunner Food Bank. They also depend on smaller donations from families and church organizations.
To give to Roadrunner Food Bank, click here.