The Food Depot advocates for public policies and programs that lift people out of poverty. We engage with elected officials on a state, local, and national level to educate and find solutions for food insecurity. Take action with The Food Depot on hunger and relief priorities: together, let’s create a healthy, hunger-free New Mexico.
2023 Farm Bill
Every five years, your US Senators and members of Congress must vote on The United States Farm Bill, a comprehensive piece of legislation that governs agricultural, conservation, and food policy across our country. The largest title, or section, of the farm bill governs federal nutrition programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP).
The Food Depot is asking you to speak up for a Farm Bill that will truly support our work toward a healthy, hunger-free New Mexico.
Right now, you can contact your elected officials and urge them to
- Protect and expand SNAP, America’s largest and most effective hunger-relief program. Over 25% of New Mexico’s population benefits from SNAP.
- Increase the culturally-appropriate options and nutritional value of the foods for The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), a federal nutrition program that moves food from farms to food banks to people facing food insecurity.
- Enable tribal governments to administer all federal nutrition programs in their areas of jurisdiction. Food sovereignty is a right for all communities.
Read The Food Depot’s full list of Farm Bill priorities at this link.
2023 Legislative Session
The 2023 Legislative Session started on January 17th. For 60 days, your elected officials will make big decisions that impact the lives of all New Mexicans.
- Support The Food Depot’s legislative priorities for the current session.
- Contact your elected officials. Make sure they know you support The Food Depot’s priorities
- The Food Depot supports the elimination of the Anti-Donation Clause for food banks.
- The Food Depot supports Senate Bill 4: Healthy Universal School Meals for Children Act
- New Mexico has the highest childhood food insecure rate in the United States.
- Senate Bill 4 will protect the right of every child – regardless of income or
circumstance – to healthy, no-cost school meals.
- Read how Senate Bill will benefit New Mexico children, families, and school districts
Learn about the hunger crisis in the nine New Mexico Counties served by The Food Depot.
To join The Food Depot’s Advocacy Committee or receive advocacy updates, please call The Food Depot at 505-471-1633