Everyone deserves enough quality food to maintain a healthy life.
At Rio Grande Food Project, we alleviate hunger directly by providing emergency food assistance and indirectly by connecting clients to community partner services and resources that address the underlying causes and effects of food insecurity.
According to Feeding America’s report The Impact of the Coronavirus on Local Food Insecurity, New Mexico is projected to have the 5th highest rate of food insecurity among the overall population at 20.7 percent and the 2nd highest rate of child food insecurity at 33.9 percent. That means 1 in 3 children in New Mexico will likely experience food insecurity this year.
RGFP has been addressing hunger in Albuquerque, New Mexico for 31 years and is preparing to meet this increased need for food assistance due to COVID-19. Located on Albuquerque's westside in an area considered a "food desert", we help provide nourishment to thousands of kids, adults and seniors every month. Single parents, grandparents raising grandchildren, disabled veterans, seniors...the list goes on and on of people who come to us for food assistance and is growing due to the economic fallout from the pandemic.
In addition to food, RGFP provides a "community hub" setting where clients can access other services that address factors leading to food insecurity. We offer utility bill assistance through the PNM Good Neighbor Fund and the Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority. We invite partners to offer their services to help clients find employment, get emergency cell phones, receive help with applications for SNAP benefits, Medicaid and Medicare and learn how to cook and eat healthier.
Our Urban Garden is a space where clients can learn how to grow their own fresh produce, either in our space or in their home yards or containers in their yards. Fresh vegetables and fruit is essential to a healthy diet and the more we can grow on-site, the more we can distribute to clients during our food distributions. Often the produce we receive from local grocery stores or food bank may have been in the food chain for some time, which could impact how one feels about eating fruit and vegetables. Receiving produce fresh off the vine or out of the ground from our garden is a great way to change people’s outlooks on healthy eating since it is super fresh and at peak flavor.
To learn more visit us at https://www.rgfp.org/.
~The Staff, Volunteers, Board and Clients of Rio Grande Food Project THANK YOU!!