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Ways to help during the holidays: Food banks need financial support


The winter holidays can be a joyous time for many, spending time with friends and family and exchanging gifts. But for those who are less fortunate, the holidays can be a difficult time. Here are some ways you can help here in Las Cruces and throughout Doña Ana County.

    • Casa de Peregrinos emergency food program helps food-insecure families in Doña Ana County. Donate at www.casadeperegrinos.org or mail/take donations to 999 W. Amador Ave., Las Cruces, N.M. 88005. Call 575-523-5542, email cdplascruces@gmail.com. Donations: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday; food assistance: 9 to 11 a.m./1 to 3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday. Bring ID, recent proof of address for food assistance. Volunteers welcome. $50 provides 300 meals, $100 feeds an average family for a month. CdP 2020 stats: distributed 4.72 million pounds of food (2019: 3.8 million) to 35,752 clients (2019: 30,000) at 24 county locations, including Las Cruces pantry, 13 rural pantries, mobile food pantries; distributed 3.934 million meals (2019: 2 million), 25,795 food baskets. The increase in distribution from 2019 to 2020 is the largest in CdP history. CdP’s 2021 Hunger Strike fundraiser raised $56,285, which will provide 337,712 meals. CdP was founded in 1979 by La Mesa, N.M. residents and Holy Cross Catholic Church parishioners.
    • Aggie Cupboard is a free service that distributes food to NMSU students, staff and faculty in need at NMSU and Doña Ana Community College Las Cruces campuses; present current NMSU ID to qualify. Open 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, or email aggiecupboard@nmsu.edu for appointment. Take food donations to 906 Gregg St., NMSU, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays, 1 to 3 p.m. Thursdays or e-mail to set up a time. Needed are canned chicken and tuna, peanut butter, soup, canned fruit and vegetables, cereal, evaporated milk, cooking oil, toiletries. Call 575-646-7636, email aggiecupboard@nmsu.edu. Donate online at https://aggiecupboard.nmsu.edu/ or at Aggie Cupboard at NMSU on Facebook. The Aggie Cupboard began in 2012. It distributed 10,180 pounds of food in spring 2021, 2,280 in summer 2021. Pete’s Pantry mobile food pantry distributed 26,000 pounds of food, February through July 2021.
    • Roadrunner Food Bank is the state’s largest hunger relief organization, providing food to hundreds of partners across New Mexico, including distribution sites in Doña Ana County. Hunger is a serious issue in New Mexico, with one in four children at risk of hunger and one in six people overall.The best way to help is a financial contribution to source, acquire and distribute food. To donate, call 505-349-8909, email info@rrfb.org. Volunteers needed for outreach in southern New Mexico, call 575-323-5150, visit www.rrfb.org/give/give-time/non-warehouse-volunteers,email shelby.stuckel@rrfb.org. For food assistance, call 575-523-4390, visit www.rrfb.org/find-food. Staff can also help those in need apply for SNAP (food stamp) benefits; call 844-684-6268, email snap@rrfb.org. Roadrunner began service in 1980 and feeds 70,000 people each week through a statewide hunger relief network. Visit www.rrfb.org.
Help during Holidays