Building a well-nourished New Mexico
The New Mexico Association of Food Banks was formed in 2000 to support the member food banks around the state and administer state-wide programs and contracts. Our mission is to enhance the capacity of New Mexico’s food banks in order to build a well-nourished New Mexico.
The Association oversees two main programs, The Emergency Food Assistance Program and The Fresh Produce Initiative. Through those programs, we provide millions of pounds of fresh produce and commodity food items every year to the thousands of New Mexicans who seek emergency food assistance each week.
Millions of pounds of food for hungry New Mexicans
In 2010, the New Mexico Association of Food Banks received a grant of $950,000 from the State of New Mexico. $775,000 of that money was to purchase food, and the remaining funds were to assist the food banks with the fuel cost to distribute that food. The NMAFB worked with local and national partners like Feeding America, Smith’s Food and Drug, General Distributors, and local growers and suppliers, to purchase approximately 1.7 million pounds of food. The food started arriving in early 2011, and will be distributed to our member food banks and then to emergency food providers across the state. This food will provide 1.3 million additional meals this year for hungry New Mexicans.