Rio Grande Food Project

Rio Grande Food Project

Did you know that 40,000 people in New Mexico — equal to the population of Farmington — seek food assistance every week? The Rio Grande Food Project (RGFP) is working hard to help. As the second largest food pantry in Albuquerque, we have been filling empty bellies for 24 years.

In 1989, the Rio Grande Food Project distributed its first food boxes, a total of 1,667 meals. The number of people we serve and the amount of food we distribute has continued to grow over the years, to roughly 650,000 meals in 2013 that will fill 32,000 empty bellies. As the need for food assistance increases, and government commodity foods decline, we are tasked to do much more with much less. Demand for RGFP’s services — while always high — increases during the last two weeks of each month, as people’s support checks run out.

Our clients are the working poor and unemployed who have to make tough decisions every month with their limited funds. “Do I buy food or pay the utilities?” “Do I buy food or put gas in the car?” “Do I buy food or get that medication?” Your donation makes those decisions easier for our clients.

We distribute food every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Currently, people can pick up food once a month… But it takes a community to fill all these empty bellies, and we are going to need your help to make that happen.

• Hold a food drive or fundraiser at your office. It feels good to fill empty bellies.
• Make us part of your “Make a Difference Day”. Bring your employees to RGFP, to pack and distribute food. It will change the way you view your life and the lives of others…and your employees will love you for it.
• Designate RGFP as a recipient for your United Way donations.

RGFP Volunteer Opportunities

Prepare Food Box: Box food for distribution. Time commitment: 9-3 on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday. AM and PM shifts also available: 9-12/12-3. Skills: Able to lift 20 lbs.

Data Entry: Input client information into computer database. Time commitment: 9-3 on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday. AM and PM shifts also available: 9-12/12-3. Skills: Typing/Data entry experience.

Repackage Food: Re-bag bulk food (rice, beans, flour) and fresh produce into individual and family serving sizes. . Time commitment: 8-12 am on Tuesday or Thursday. Skills: None

Restock Shelves: Receive deliveries and restock the pantry shelves. Time commitment: 8-12 am on Tuesday or Thursday. Skills: Able to lift 20 lbs.

Drivers: Drive a small delivery truck and pick up food donations. Time commitment: Tuesday or Thursdays 8-11 am. Skills: NM license, good driving record, able to lift 20 lbs.

Administrative Assistant: Provide clerical services (filing, typing, phone calling, scheduling) and work with the Executive Director. Time commitment: to be negotiated. Skills: Clerical experience.

Contact our Volunteer Coordinator
Rocio Gonzales to sign up

Rio Grande Food Project provides emergency groceries to hungry people in the Albuquerque area. Needs non-perishable food donations year round. Call 505-831-3778 for more details.

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