ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – For many families in New Mexico, the pandemic and now inflation are making it difficult to put food on their tables. Now a local food bank, which they rely on, is struggling to stock its shelves with food.
New Mexico Warehouse has been feeding the needy in the community for four decades, but the past few years have been difficult. First, they were hit hard as many struggled to make ends meet during the height of the pandemic.
Jill Beets, Storehouse’s marketing representative, says the organization is facing a new challenge, inflation. “I have worked with Storehouse for seven years and have never seen our shelves as low as they are. Which is a scary prospect,” Beets said.
With prices rising, fewer people are able to donate, which means less food to give to those who need it most. “It’s very disturbing to think that the amount of food we’re going to be able to give away is going to be potentially less,” Beets said.
It’s not just people who give less. Storehouse partner stores also have fewer items to offer. They have seen an increase in the number of families needing help, and with summer here the children will be spending more time at home. “As the summer months approach, many local families who would be considered working poor rely on us during the summer, while they don’t the rest of the year. Because their children are fed through meal programs,” Beets said.
It’s up to Storehouse to send out one of their biggest cries for help. “We really hope that local businesses, service clubs and even individuals will consider donating food to the warehouse and other pantries,” Beets said.
While waiting for donations to start flowing again, they continue to find ways to make sure families in New Mexico are fed. ‘Hot Rods for Hunger Car Show’ is happening May 22 at Alberton’s at 2801 Eubank Blvd NE. Every dollar raised at the event will provide five meals for Storehouse New Mexico’s food pantry.