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SANTA FE – The Food Depot seeks to set a volunteer event record for the organization with the upcoming Comcast Cares Day on April 30.
“We anticipate hosting our biggest single day volunteer event, and we’re looking for 500 volunteers to donate an hour of their Saturday,” said Nate Patrus, volunteer coordinator.
Comcast and The Food Depot staff will recruit employees, family and other community members to volunteer at The Food Depot for this special event. T-shirts, snacks and lunch will be provided. Comcast Cares Day is an international day of service for the company. Comcast has coordinated this event since 2001.
“The Food Depot is very excited to partner with Comcast and its employees for Comcast Cares Day. It’s such a great annual event that gives back to so many communities. The event really focuses on projects that make a difference,” said Sherry Hooper, executive director.
Repacking bulk food items and labeling cans are some of the tasks volunteers will be completing that day. The non-perishable food is then distributed to more than 160 partner agencies in nine counties in Northern New Mexico.
The Food Depot is committed to ending hunger in Northern New Mexico. As the food bank for nine Northern New Mexico counties, The Food Depot provides food to more than 145 nonprofit agencies including emergency food pantries, hot meal programs, shelters, youth programs, senior centers, homes for the mentally disabled and shelters. This service enables these agencies to stay focused on their primary missions such as sheltering homeless families, providing hot meals to the homebound and offering life skills development to youth. The food bank distributes an average of 444,000 pounds of food and household products each month, providing more than 370,000 meals to people in need–the most vulnerable of our community–children, seniors, working families and those in ill health.
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