Programs

Nutritious food for all

The Food Depot’s programs offer nutritious food in innovative, diverse ways for our community members. Each partner agency is unique to the community where services are offered and each program is designed to provide food in dignified, respectful ways to people who are experiencing food insecurity. Food is always provided to clients at no cost. Additional support services are offered at many distribution locations.

Partner Agencies

Strong partnerships with over 80 impactful nonprofits across Northern New Mexico help The Food Depot provide nutritious foods directly to diverse communities. Agencies serve the elderly, mothers, children, those experiencing homelessness, indigenous communities, immigrants, families, college students, those living with HIV, and more.

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Casita de Comida

Located in Española, Casita de Comida is an innovative approach to hunger relief that transforms a food pantry into a no-cost grocery shopping experience. After registering in advance, any shopper at Casita de Comida can choose to take home shelf-stable foods like masa, rice, beans, canned meat, and soups as well as frozen meat, bread, eggs, and fresh produce. Personal care items are also available.

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Diaper Depot

Diapers are essential to the well-being of New Mexico families. The Diaper Depot Program is working to eliminate diaper need by providing families with a one-week supply of diapers and a bag of wipes once per month. In addition, Diapers are provided to fifteen partner agencies throughout The Food Depot’s service area. The Food Depot is a proud member of the National Diaper Bank Network.

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Food 4 Kids School-Based Pantries

School-based pantries offer families consistent access to healthy foods in a familiar and convenient environment. The program supports pantries at schools in Santa Fe County, Pojoaque Valley Schools, Rio Arriba County, and Taos County. Available foods for delivery include pantry-staples, fresh produce, protein, and dairy items. Site coordinators distribute food according to their community’s needs: some offer choice, while others prepare food boxes for pick-up.

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Food 4 Pets

Families on a tight budget often end up sharing their limited food supply with their animal companions. To help address this issue, Food 4 Pets provides dog and/or cat food to clients who visit rural food distribution sites each month. Families can pick up pet food along with pantry staples and produce, so everyone in the family has access to appropriate and nutritious foods.

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Food Mobile

The Food Mobile program delivers healthy food options directly to communities in need throughout Santa Fe County. When the bus parks at a central location, such as a library, apartment complex, or senior center, clients are able to choose foods suitable to their needs and diets. No-cost food choices include protein, dairy, produce, and pantry items.

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Mobile Food Pantries

In more remote, rural communities of Northern New Mexico, a partner agency is not available to help distribute food, and the nearest grocery store may be miles away. The Food Depot’s Mobile Food Pantry program addresses this issue by bringing food directly into these “food deserts”. Drivers deliver a variety of healthy foods to a central community location where local volunteers prepare food boxes and distribute the nutritious food to their community members.

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Resource Navigation

The Navigation Program at The Food Depot helps community members find support and services to address deficits affecting social determinants of health. Examples of resource connections include: food resources; diaper program; SNAP enrollment; rent and utility assistance; education assistance; job search and placement; and counseling for mental health and addictions. 

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The Food Depot Pantry

Any individual who drives through The Food Depot Pantry can receive up to 60 pounds of fresh produce, bread, canned goods, and protein. Distribution is simple and safe: one team of volunteers will guide cars through the line as others load groceries into trunks for a quick and convenient pantry experience. The Food Depot pantry at Siler Road welcomes clients every two weeks, and other pantries in Los Alamos and Mora distribute food once each month.

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Disaster Relief

In the event of a disaster such as a forest fire or compromised water system, The Food Depot can support local residents, evacuees, and first responders by providing emergency food assistance, bottled water, and personal care products. In these instances, The Food Depot works with local and state governmental entities, including emergency managers and DSHEM, to coordinate an appropriate and timely response.

Partner Agencies

Strong partnerships with over 75 impactful nonprofits across Northern New Mexico help The Food Depot provide nutritious foods directly to diverse communities. The Food Depot’s ability to acquire, store, and deliver food to each partner agency enables organizations to focus time and resources on their primary mission. Agencies serve the elderly, mothers, children, those experiencing homelessness, indigenous communities, immigrants, families, college students, those living with HIV, and more.

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Casita de Comida

Located in Española, Casita de Comida is an innovative approach to hunger relief that transforms a food pantry into a no-cost grocery shopping experience. After registering in advance, any shopper at Casita de Comida can choose to take home shelf-stable foods like masa, rice, beans, canned meat, and soups as well as frozen meat, bread, eggs, and fresh produce. Personal care items are also available.

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Diaper Depot

Diapers are essential to the well-being of New Mexico families. The Diaper Depot Program is working to eliminate diaper need by providing families with a one-week supply of diapers and a bag of wipes once per month. In addition, Diapers are provided to fifteen partner agencies throughout The Food Depot’s service area. The Food Depot is a proud member of the National Diaper Bank Network.

More Information

Food 4 Kids School-Based Pantries

School-based pantries offer families consistent access to healthy foods in a familiar and convenient environment. The program supports pantries at schools in Santa Fe County, Pojoaque Valley Schools, Rio Arriba County, and Taos County. Available foods for delivery include pantry-staples, fresh produce, protein, and dairy items. Site coordinators distribute food according to their community’s needs: some offer choice, while others prepare food boxes for pick-up.

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Food 4 Pets

Families on a tight budget often end up sharing their limited food supply with their animal companions. To help address this issue, Food 4 Pets provides dog and/or cat food to clients who visit rural food distribution sites each month. Families can pick up pet food along with pantry staples and produce, so everyone in the family has access to appropriate and nutritious foods.

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Food Mobile

The Food Mobile program delivers healthy food options directly to communities in need throughout Santa Fe County. When the bus parks at a central location, such as a library, apartment complex, or senior center, clients are able to choose foods suitable to their needs and diets. No-cost food choices include protein, dairy, produce, and pantry items.

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Food Mobile 2.0

Food Mobile 2.0 merges the concepts of Casita de Comida and the pilot Food Mobile. Community members in Native communities, as well as rural or remote areas of The Food Depot’s service area, will be invited to climb aboard Food Mobile 2.0 beginning in July 2023. This customized semi-truck is a grocery store on wheels, opening up into a 900 sq foot store when parked. Food Mobile 2.0 will offer up to 100 food and personal care items, serving up to 250 households at a single location.

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Mobile Food Pantries

In more remote, rural communities of Northern New Mexico, a partner agency is not available to help distribute food, and the nearest grocery store may be miles away. The Food Depot’s Mobile Food Pantry program addresses this issue by bringing food directly into these “food deserts”. Drivers deliver a variety of healthy foods to a central community location where local volunteers prepare food boxes and distribute the nutritious food to their community members.

More Information

Resource Navigation

The Navigation Program at The Food Depot helps community members find support and services to address deficits affecting social determinants of health. Examples of resource connections include: food resources; diaper program; SNAP enrollment; rent and utility assistance; education assistance; job search and placement; and counseling for mental health and addictions. 

More Information

The Food Depot Pantry

Any individual who drives through The Food Depot Pantry can receive up to 60 pounds of fresh produce, bread, canned goods, and protein. Distribution is simple and safe: one team of volunteers will guide cars through the line as others load groceries into trunks for a quick and convenient pantry experience. The Food Depot pantry at Siler Road welcomes clients every two weeks, and other pantries in Los Alamos and Mora distribute food once each month.

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Disaster Relief

In the event of a disaster such as a forest fire or compromised water system, The Food Depot can support local residents, evacuees, and first responders by providing emergency food assistance, bottled water, and personal care products. In these instances, The Food Depot works with local and state governmental entities, including emergency managers and DSHEM, to coordinate an appropriate and timely response.