Report: New Mexico Hunger Summit Mar21

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Report: New Mexico Hunger Summit

Santa Fe Need and Deed attended a hunger summit this morning in Santa Fe. As the Santa Fe New Mexican writes, “There isn’t a bigger issue facing Northern New Mexico.”

Nearly 1 in 5 residents is experiencing hunger, including over 29 percent of children — New Mexico leads the nation in these distressing statistics.

Other participants in the conversation include Santa Fe Mayor Gonzales, Jennifer Ramo, executive director of Appleseed New Mexico; Sherry Hooper, executive director of The Santa Fe Food Depot, and Dr. Luis Rigales, program director for the Northern New Mexico Family Medicine Residency Program. This important even covered statistics of hunger issues challenging Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico, programs which are working (Backpacks for School Kids and After School Meals) and programs that need enhancement, such as summer food programs. The Food Depot is developing their own Summer Food Program called the Lunch Box Express.

The Navajo Nation experiences hunger as high as 70% of their population. They just received a $2.1 m Federal Grant to help combat this issue.