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SW food banks meet to brainstorm hunger solutions, create action plan

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Friday, February 23, 2024   

People who receive emergency food services from New Mexico food banks and other charitable organizations were among those at a strategic summit Friday in Albuquerque.

Hunger has increased because of the pandemic, weather-related events and the increased cost of food. Dana Yost, president and CEO of New Mexico Roadrunner Food Bank, said summit attendees contributed their experiences and solutions to Feeding America's five-year action plan. He noted that New Mexico's very rural nature creates numerous challenges.

"We have a couple hundred grocery stores for the entire state, and so food access is a big issue," he said. "And I think that making sure that the voice of rural America is really heard is a part of the national planning piece."

Some 44 million people are at risk of hunger in the United States, including one in five children in New Mexico and one in seven people overall.

Leaders from 20 food banks in the Southwest region were expected to attend the summit. Yost said this creates an opportunity to call attention to some of the realities of poverty and hunger faced by relief groups - including logistics, supply-chain glitches and funding. He hopes the local input will give New Mexico a larger voice in Feeding America's agenda.

"The network will be working on all of the results and the feedback that they heard from the summits across the country to develop basically what's the next strategic platform for Feeding America, for hunger relief and poverty work," he said.

Attendees in Albuquerque were expected to include up to 20 food distribution partners of Roadrunner Food Bank. Washington, D.C., hosted the first summit in the Feeding America series last summer.

Disclosure: Roadrunner Food Bank contributes to our fund for reporting on Children's Issues, Community Issues and Volunteering, Hunger/Food/Nutrition, Poverty Issues. If you would like to help support news in the public interest, click here.


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