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Hungry People in New Mexico

Every week, nearly 40,000 New Mexicans seek food assistance.  That’s the equivalent of a city the size of Farmington needing emergency assistance.

40% of the members of households seeking food assistance are children under the age of 18.  7% of those children are under the age of 5.

13% of the people seeking food assistance in New Mexico are senior citizens.

41% of households needing food assistance report having at least one member in poor health.

70% of food pantry programs in New Mexico rely entirely on volunteers.

75% of the food pantries surveyed reported an increase in the number of people needing assistance.

20% of current food pantries in New Mexico were not in existence two years ago.

The average monthly income for a household seeking food assistance is $900/month.

83% of the food distributed by food pantries in New Mexico is provided by food banks.

Myths About Hunger

While many people believe that the only people needing food assistance are homeless or out of work, 32% of households seeking emergency food assistance include at least one employed adult, and only 8% 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

54% of surveyed clients report having to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities or heating fuel.

38% had to choose between paying for food and paying their rent or mortgage.

45% had to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical care.

42% had to choose between paying for food and paying for transportation.

Read the 2010 New Mexico Hunger Study executive summary (PDF).

View the 2010 Missing Meals study on the Roadrunner Food Bank website.

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