Our Story

Our Story

Since 1994, The Food Depot has been on a mission to create food secure futures. This mission is fueled by the movement of our staff, volunteers, and community partners as we work across Northern New Mexico. We are committed to innovative programming, nourishing food, and advocating for systems change. Watch our short film "Movement" to better understand The Food Depot's work. Together, we can end hunger.

A history of healthy meals

In the early 1990s, the Food Brigade, Kitchen Angels, and Food for Santa Fe collaborated to establish a food bank. By November 1995,The Food Depot was already serving 35 agencies and had distributed approximately 130,000 pounds of food. By 2007, 120 partner agencies increased food bank distribution to 3 million pounds, and The Food Depot began construction on the current Siler Road warehouse location. Over the years, The Food Depot introduced its own programs to meet community needs, such as Diaper Depot, Food 4 Pets, Kids Kitchen, and the Food Mobile. Currently The Food Depot’s programs and partner agencies distribute approximately 10 million pounds of food annually across nine counties.

Learn more about our history

A history of healthy meals

In the early 1990s, the Food Brigade, Kitchen Angels, and Food for Santa Fe collaborated to establish a food bank. By November 1995,The Food Depot was already serving 35 agencies and had distributed approximately 130,000 pounds of food. By 2007, 120 partner agencies increased food bank distribution to 3 million pounds, and The Food Depot began construction on the current Siler Road warehouse location. Over the years, The Food Depot introduced its own programs to meet community needs, such as Diaper Depot, Food 4 Pets, Kids Kitchen, and the Food Mobile. Currently The Food Depot’s programs and partner agencies distribute approximately 10 million pounds of food annually across nine counties.

Learn more about our history

The Food Depot’s Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge and honor the ancestral lands of the Tewa people, known as O’gah’poh geh Owingeh, White Shell Water Place, or Santa Fe, New Mexico. With gratitude, we recognize that this land holds deep historical and cultural significance to Indigenous peoples, both past and present.

It is important to acknowledge that this statement alone does not replace the need for genuine and meaningful relationships with Indigenous communities. Instead, it serves as an initial step in demonstrating our respect for the land and its original caretakers. We hold in high regard the principles of Indigenous sovereignty and self-determination, and we are dedicated to amplifying Indigenous voices, actively listening, and continuously learning.

As we move forward, we commit ourselves to becoming better partners in the collective journey towards reconciliation and understanding. By fostering authentic relationships with Indigenous communities, we strive to contribute to a more just and inclusive society.

What Guides The Food Depot’s Work?

The Food Depot is dedicated to measurable and purposeful growth as a food bank. Our 2022-2025 Strategic Framework guides our work toward three primary outcomes:

  1. Provide healthy food in respectful and dignified ways to the diverse range of people experiencing food insecurity in response to disasters or to fill gaps where acute hunger needs are inadequately addressed.
  2. Expand wraparound services so people don’t need to use emergency food assistance long term and collaborate with community partners to develop local solutions to food insecurity.
  3. Collaborate with government and community/private partners to advocate for systemic changes that help to break the cycle of long-term food insecurity

Explore The Food Depot's Strategic Framework

What Guides The Food Depot’s Work?

The Food Depot is dedicated to measurable and purposeful growth as a food bank. Our 2022-2025 Strategic Framework guides our work toward three primary outcomes:

  1. Provide healthy food in respectful and dignified ways to the diverse range of people experiencing food insecurity in response to disasters or to fill gaps where acute hunger needs are inadequately addressed.
  2. Expand wraparound services so people don’t need to use emergency food assistance long term and collaborate with community partners to develop local solutions to food insecurity.
  3. Collaborate with government and community/private partners to advocate for systemic changes that help to break the cycle of long-term food insecurity

Explore The Food Depot's Strategic Framework

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