Hungry People in New Mexico
Every week, nearly 70,000 New Mexicans seek food assistance. That’s the equivalent of a city the size of Santa Fe needing emergency assistance every week.
Between 30 and 40% of the members of households seeking food assistance are children under the age of 18.
21% of the people seeking food assistance in New Mexico are senior citizens.
61% of households report that in the previous year they had to choose between paying utilities or buying food. Of this group, 33% reported that they have to make this tough choice every month.
48% of households report having to choose between paying their rent or mortgage or buying food. 19% of this group are forced to make this choice every month.
75% report purchasing inexpensive, unhealthy food as the most common way to have at least some food in their household.
Myths About Hunger
While many people believe that the only people needing food assistance are homeless or out of work, 53% of households seeking emergency food assistance include at least one employed adult, and only 11% of the people seeking assistance are homeless.
While thousands of New Mexicans receive assistance through SNAP (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program), those funds only provide 2.3 weeks of groceries.
Difficult Choices Facing New Mexicans
61% of surveyed clients report having to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities or heating fuel.
48% had to choose between paying for food and paying their rent or mortgage.
59% had to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical care.
66% had to choose between paying for food and paying for transportation.
Read the 2014 New Mexico Hunger Study executive summary (PDF).
View the 2012 Missing Meals study on the Roadrunner Food Bank website.