07 Jul

Food Bank honored with NMCF grant


Gary King, President of the New Mexico Children’s Foundation, announced its grant recipients for 2017-2018. In celebration of its 25th Anniversary, the Board of Directors will fund thirty-nine organizations. These non-profits are community-based with budgets less than $300,000—many have budgets that are far less. The total awarded is $73,500.

First Lady Alice King founded the NMCF in 1992 as a statewide, grant-making organization. NMCF has given over $1.5 million to 160 organizations throughout New Mexico in its 25 years. Her son, Gary King, was elected to serve as President of the Board beginning July 1st. He continues in the family tradition of working to improve the lives of New Mexico’s children and families.

The Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico has received a $2,000 grant for its backpack program to feed children over the weekend and a new program, Feeding Families, which gives a box of food to feed the entire family.

New Mexico Children’s Foundation is a visionary, grassroots organization that funds small non-profit children’s organizations throughout New Mexico. A group can be a start-up with a strong mission or a growing organization with a special needs program. Organizations served through the foundation’s funding come in all shapes, sizes and ethnicities. The foundation’s core belief is that most children have a wide range of under-served needs. The foundation’s goal is to provide meaningful grants to serve as many of those needs as possible.

For more information, please contact Carol Robertson Lopez, Executive Director, 505-986-2043 office, 505-690-4114 cell, or email carol@nmchildren.org.

05 Jul

Make meals out of your old car!

Do  you have an unused vehicle that you aren’t quite sure what to do with?

Now, you can turn your car into meals for others! You can donate your old or used vehicle and benefit the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico.

We accept all types of vehicles including: cars, motorcycles, tractors, RVs, trailers – even boats! Whether they are running or not,  we’ll take them in any condition. Plus, you may qualify for a tax deduction on your vehicle donation.

Donating your vehicle couldn’t be easier. Fill out the information here or call us at 855-500-7433. You can also visit us at http://www.careasy.org/nonprofit/food-bank-of-eastern-new-mexico — and we take everything from there.

Your vehicle will be picked up at a time that’s convenient for you, you’ll be notified  when your vehicle has been sold, and then receive a formal tax receipt letter.

Your generosity will turn into food for those in need.

05 May

Letter Carriers, Food Bank to ‘Stamp Out Hunger’

The Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico is partnering with local Letter Carriers once again for the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive on Saturday, May 13  in Clovis.  The annual food drive is recognized and held nationwide to benefit food banks and food pantries.

To participate in the food drive, individuals can simply place a donation of non-perishable food in a grocery sack next to their mailbox for pickup by letter carriers.

Volunteers are also welcome from Noon to 5 p.m. on the day of the event at the Clovis Post Office location at 1224 W. 21st Street to help unload food off of the mail trucks.

“Throughout the year, the Food Bank consistently redistributes over 100,000 pounds of food a month in eastern New Mexico. The community’s support for this food drive will help ensure we won’t fall short of that amount despite going into traditionally leaner spring and summer months,” said Food Bank Executive Director Dianna Sprague.

According to the National Association of Letter Carriers’ website, “The national, coordinated effort by the NALC to help fight hunger in America grew out of discussions in 1991 by a number of leaders at the time, including NALC President Vincent R. Sombrotto, AFL-CIO Community Services Director Joseph Velasquez and Postmaster General Anthony Frank. A pilot drive was held in 10 cities in October of 1991, and it proved so successful that work began immediately on making it a nationwide effort.”

In its 34th year, the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico distributes over 1 million pounds of food each year to families and individuals in Curry, Roosevelt, Quay, De Baca and Guadalupe counties in eastern New Mexico.

 

17 Apr

Wal-Mart #FightHunger campaign begins today

Wal-Mart #FightHunger campaign begins today

 

Wal-Mart’s “FightHunger Spark Change” campaign runs today through May 15 at nationwide Wal-Mart stores, including Portales and Clovis Wal-Mart locations.  Funds raised through this campaign benefit Feeding America member food banks and partners, including the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico.

 

#FightHunger Spark Change is a simple way for shoppers to join this campaign against hunger by:

 

  • Purchasing certain marked products. For every purchase, a donation will be made to the Food Banks equaling 1 meal.
  • Donating a dollar amount of $1, $2, $5 or an amount of the customer’s choice at the register during checkout.
  • Using #FightHunger on Twitter and Instagram, sharing and liking campaign posts on Facebook, and using unique Snapchat filters nationwide on April 21. For each online act of support, Wal-Mart will donate $0.90 to Feeding America –enough to help secure 10 meals on behalf of Feeding America food banks, up to $1.5 Million

 

Clovis and Portales Wal-Mart stores donated over 261,000 pounds of food to the Food Bank last year.  “We are so thankful for their continued support of our food programs and efforts to fight hunger in eastern New Mexico,” said Food Bank Executive Director Dianna Sprague.

 

Feeding America began in 1979 as a clearinghouse for national food donations and is the currently the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States. The nationwide network of food banks, including the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico, provides more than 3.6 billion meals to virtually every community in the United States through food pantries and meal programs.

 

In its 33rd year, the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico distributes over 1 million pounds of food each year through its programs and partner agencies in Curry, Roosevelt, DeBaca, Quay, Guadalupe and Torrance Counties.

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13 Apr

Comcast Cares Day

Groups gear up for annual ‘Comcast Cares Day’

 

Comcast, along with the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico, United Way of Eastern New Mexico and Central Christian Church, are partnering for the 16th annual Comcast Cares Day. On Saturday, April 22 the groups will gather to “Feed Roosevelt County” at the monthly food distribution held at Central Christian Church in Portales. More than 200 volunteers are expected to participate.

 

Volunteers are welcome and encouraged to help distribute the food to the community alongside Comcast staff beginning at 8 a.m. T-shirts will be provided to volunteers as well as a lunch following the end of the distribution.

 

“We enjoy partnering with Comcast for this yearly event where we can provide a service to the community and also honor the volunteers who make it all possible.” said Food Bank Executive Director Dianna Hernandez.

 

“As we celebrate our 16th annual Comcast Cares Day, we are so proud to partner with the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico to give back in our community,” said Chris Dunkeson, Area Vice President, Comcast. “It’s truly amazing what’s possible when more than 200 volunteers donate their time to make a difference in the lives of others. I’m inspired by the community’s response to Comcast Cares Day, and am so thankful for the participants who help to make this effort a success today and throughout the year.”

 

For more information contact the Food Bank at 575-763-6130 or email foodbank@plateautel.net

 

In its 34th  year, the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico provides food to families and individuals in Curry, Roosevelt, Quay, De Baca, and Guadalupe Counties in eastern New Mexico.

 

Comcast Cares Day is more than just a day – it’s the culmination of Comcast NBCUniversal’s commitment to volunteerism that began when the company was founded more than 50 years ago.  From using technology to create positive change, such as wiring community centers and libraries and teaching digital literacy skills, to mentoring youth, to beautifying parks, Comcast NBCUniversal employees volunteer on this day, and throughout the year, to make a lasting impact. This year, the Company expects more than 100,000 volunteers to participate in approximately 900 projects across the country and around the world.  To date, volunteers have contributed nearly 5 million volunteer hours at 7,700 projects since Comcast Cares Day began in 2001.

 

The Comcast Foundation will also provide grants to local community partner organizations across the country on behalf of everyone who volunteers on Comcast Cares Day. The grants will help Comcast’s community partners continue their mission of serving the community throughout the year.  To date, the Comcast Foundation has awarded more than $20 million in grants to local non-profit organizations who have served as partners on Comcast Cares Day.

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11 Jan

‘Black Hats and Pearls’ dance to benefit the Food Bank

The Eastern New Mexico Collegiate FFA along with Coby Carter and the Five Miles West Band will be hosting a dinner and dance to benefit The Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico.

 

“We really wanted to do something to help the Food Bank out especially after the holidays. We recognize that hunger is a year-round need,” said band vocalist Coby Carter.

 

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Friday Jan. 27 at the Eastern New Mexico University Campus Union Ballroom.  A dinner catered by Sodexo will be served at 7 p.m. The event will feature live music throughout the night by Coby Carter and the Five Miles West Band.

 

Costs are $40 per person or $275 per table of 8. Businesses and organizations are welcome to sponsor a table. Proceeds will go to the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico.

 

For information or to purchase tickets contact the ENMU Collegiate FFA at 575-309-8992.

 

In its 32nd year, the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico distributes over 1 million pounds of food in Roosevelt, Curry, Quay, De Baca, Guadalupe and Torrance counties in Eastern New Mexico.

 

Black hats and pearls

 

20 Sep

Clovis Rotary, Food Bank to ‘putt’ hunger away

rotary-mini-golf-flyer-imageThe Clovis Rotary Club will host a miniature golf tournament on Saturday Oct. 1 at Casel-Land Fun Center in Clovis to benefit the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico. Funds raised will assist the Food Bank in its goal to raise $20,000 for a matching challenge grant with a looming deadline of Nov. 11.

“The Rotary Club wanted a way to give back to the community, especially the Food Bank, in a fun way,” said Rotary member and event organizer Joy Felty.

Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. and a shotgun start will take place at 10 a.m. Lunch will be provided at noon.  The tournament will host four-player teams with an entrance fee of $200 per team. Hole sponsorships are available for $50 or $100. Families, friends and businesses are encouraged to register teams for a friendly competition.

For more information contact Joy Felty at 575-799-9098 e-mail joyfelty@hotmail.com or contact the Food Bank at 575-763-6130 or email foodbank@plateautel.net.

In its 33rd year, the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico distributes over 1 million pounds of food each year through its programs and partner agencies in Curry, Roosevelt, DeBaca, Quay, and Guadalupe Counties.

04 May

Stamp Out Hunger

The Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico and the National Association of Letter Carriers will partner for the 23rd annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. This year’s drive will be held Saturday, May 9.

On May 9, residents in Clovis are encouraged to leave non-perishable foods curbside for pickup by letter carriers. All food collected will go to the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico and supplement its programs that feed over 1,700  households throughout eastern New Mexico.

“Every year local letter carriers are the force behind this drive which always results in tons of food poundage for the Food Bank’s programs. This drive will see us through the upcoming summer months,” said Food Bank Executive Director Dianna Hernandez.

Volunteers are still needed to help with the event and are welcome to  join the Food Bank staff from10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 9 at the U.S Post Office at 1224 W. 21st Street. Volunteers are needed to help unload and sort food from the mail trucks to transport back to the Food Bank.

For information contact the Food Bank at 575-763-6130 or www.fbenm.org

In its 32th year, the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico partners with 36 agencies and 25 schools in Curry, Roosevelt, De Baca, Quay and Guadalupe Counties to distribute emergency food to families and individuals.

16 Apr

Comcast Cares Day

The Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico is excited to be partnering with Comcast to “make change happen” on Comcast Cares Day 2015. On April 25, with  Comcast and Food Bank employees, our families and friends, we’ll be able to create over food boxes that will help more than 300 families.

Volunteers can register with the Comcast volunteers signup or online at https://www.comcastinthecommunity.com/Organization/Detail/3914

Or register on the day of at the April 25 event. Volunteers will receive a t-shirt and lunch.

We are proud to be part of Comcast NBCUniversal’s companywide celebration of their year-round commitment to service and the largest single-day corporate volunteer event in the country that will include 95,000 employees participating in more than 700 projects across the U.S. and internationally.

In addition to this project in Portales, Comcast is supporting nearly a dozen organizations across the state and expects to have more than 2,500 total volunteers in New Mexico.

Comcast is celebrating its 14th Comcast Cares Day, and has achieved 3.7 million service hours to improve nearly 6,000 projects in the U.S. and around the world since Comcast Cares Day started in 2001.

For information contact the Food Bank at 763-6130.

26 Mar

Help us ‘Stuff Nancy’s Truck’

The Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico is partnering with Rooney Moon Broadcasting for a one-day mission to “Stuff Nancy’s Truck.” Non-perishable food donations are being sought for the daylong food drive from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 2 at Albertson’s grocery store in Clovis.

The Q101.5 morning show and KT Kelley afternoon show will be broadcast live from the food drive.

“The Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico is serving more food to families and children than we ever have in our 31 years. Just this past month the Backpack program registered a record high of 809 children. The number of calls we receive each day from people in need has gone up considerably  and the demand for food is the highest I’ve ever seen,” said Food Bank Director Dianna Hernandez.

Suggested food donations include staples such as beans, rice, spices, canned meats, pasta and single-serve food items for the Food for Kids Weekend Backpack Program.

For information, to donate or volunteer contact the Food Bank at 763-6130.

In its 31st year, the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico partners with 32 agencies and 25 schools to deliver emergency food to families and individuals in Curry, Roosevelt, Quay, De Baca, Guadalupe and Torrance counties in eastern New Mexico.