Hunger in New Mexico

Hunger Is Closer Than You Think

Hunger in New Mexico is often hidden, but it affects one of every six people and one of every four children in our state.

Hunger Has Many Faces

Right now, many of our neighbors are an illness, an accident or an unexpected repair away from needing food assistance. Children … working families … seniors. Someone you know is hungry right now.

A recent study conducted by the New Mexico Association of Food Banks gave us an unsettling picture of those seeking emergency food assistance:

  • 1 in 3 children is at risk of hunger during the pandemic, pre-pandemic 1 in 4
  • 1 in 5 people overall are at risk of hunger during the pandemic, pre-pandemic 1 in 6
  • Meal gap pre-pandemic: 53,489,347
  • Average meal cost pre-pandemic: $2.91 for NM.
  • Many rural counties have higher meal costs than the average.
    • Taos – $3.82
    • Colfax: $3.51
    • Harding: $3.35
    • Los Alamos: $3.36
    • Curry: $3.23
    • Mora: $3.46
    • Grant: $3.29
    • Santa Fe: $3.35

Of households needing help, 89% have an income of less than $20,000 annually, or $384 per week. Sixty-one percent report having to choose between paying for utilities or medical care and buying food.

And more than half of hungry households — 53% — include at least one person who has worked in the past 12 months. In households with no one able to work, 87% are disabled, retired, in poor health or act as caretaker of another person.

Hunger Remains a Constant

Hunger remains a constant in the lives of many New Mexicans. Every day, tens of thousands of people struggle with having enough food to eat. They turn to emergency food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters to help them feed their families. The Food Depot makes sure those organizations have food to give.

The Food Depot is ending hunger in Northern New Mexico by providing food to a network of 81 partner agencies throughout nine counties.

Partner agencies such as food pantries, meal programs, homeless shelters, youth programs and senior centers distribute food received from The Food Depot to people who do not have enough to eat.

Your Donations Count

Out of every dollar you donate, 95 cents goes directly towards providing meals to people in need. Every dollar you donate provides four meals for someone suffering from hunger.

Your Help Matters

In Fiscal Year 2020-21, with your help, The Food Depot distributed 12.6 million pounds of food — enough for 10.5 million meals — to the most vulnerable members of our community. That translates to 875,000 meals per month or 42,750 people served per quarter.