As the Federal government shutdown continues, food pantries are seeing increases in visitors that need food, especially in states with larger governmental employee counts. New Mexico is among the states most dependent on federal dollars, including employment in federal departments or contracts. One estimate showed roughly 5,800 federal employees in New Mexico have been furloughed or are working without pay.
The Storehouse stands ready to help individuals and families going without paychecks, whether they are furloughed or out of work for any reason. The pantry can provide groceries including fresh produce, meat, cereal, peanut butter, bread, dairy, canned food, and more to anyone who is in need.
“We are a resource to families in tough times,” says Swarupa Watlington, executive director of Storehouse New Mexico. “Many people live on the edge. A missed paycheck, shorter hours at work, or an unexpected bill can send them to the food pantry for the first time. We are always here to provide a free shopping cart of groceries to anyone that needs them.”
If you know of someone that needs food, the pantry is generally open Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday mornings. A full calendar is on the organization’s website, www.StorehouseNM.org.
Thankfully, the government has reversed course and funded the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) through February. Our team was relieved to hear that SNAP news as more than 500,000 people – nearly 25% of the state population – rely on SNAP to help pay for food. Those numbers would stress an already challenged network of organizations fighting hunger in New Mexico. Sadly, 1 in 4 children are food insecure and we have among the worst rates in the nation for adult hunger.
During this difficult time, we would greatly appreciate a donation if you have the ability to help. You can always donate securely under the “Make a Donation” heading on the right.