As a food bank, The Food Depot’s primary role is to provide food to a network of nonprofit partners across nine counties in northern New Mexico. The Food Depot acquires food from a variety of sources–local donations, the Feeding America network, wholesale purchase, and USDA commodities–and provides that food to other nonprofits who provide hunger relief. The Food Depot works with more than 140 nonprofits in its service area–food pantries, shelters, senior centers, afterschool programs, and meal programs.
As of September 30, 2020, 44% of The Food Depot’s food distribution is handled through direct service, up from 25% last year. The Food Depot is now serving as both northern New Mexico’s only food bank as well as one of its largest food pantries. This represents a tremendous shift in organizational structure, and is directly related to increased demand as well as closures and limited capacity of other food pantries.
The food pantries added as part of The Food Depot’s pandemic response are:
- Every other Thursday at 1222 Siler Road, 7:00-9:00 am
- Every other Saturday at Santa Fe Place Mall, 8:00-10:00 am
- First Wednesday of each month at Ohkay Owingeh Hotel, 10:00-12:00 am