Community Forum on Hunger

Solving the Hunger Crises in New Mexico – Community Forum, June 1 at 6pm

All across New Mexico, Doña Ana County, and the City of Las Cruces, thousands of children, families, seniors, and other neighbors in our communities are living with the reality of hunger in their lives.  The latest hunger rates have recently been released, and the number and percentage of New Mexican residents who do not have access to sufficient food on an ongoing and sometimes even daily basis have remained essentially unchanged since the Great Recession that began in 2008.  In fact, the severity of hunger has actually increased for many people in our state.  Despite national economic indicators that are showing improvements, New Mexico’s hunger and poverty rates remain among the highest for states in our country.  This is especially true for children, with more than 1-in-4 struggling with hunger in New Mexico and — Dona Ana County.

Hunger is a serious crisis facing our state, yet hunger can be solved in New Mexico.  Roadrunner Food Bank provides food assistance and other related services to people in need across the entire state, and has an office in Las Cruces which was established more than 6 years ago.  The Food Bank’s revised mission is to permanently end hunger in New Mexico, and advancing this mission requires far more than sourcing and distributing food for those struggling with hunger.  Come hear how Roadrunner Food Bank is strengthening and expanding its services in ways that seek to bring systemic and lasting change and an eventual to hunger in our state.

Speaker Profile:  Wally Verdooren is Chief Development Officer at Roadrunner Food Bank, where he oversees the organization’s fundraising, communications, and advocacy programs.  He has more than 30 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations, and also has an extensive background with church-related and interfaith programs and services on local, regional, and national levels.  Wally has been with Roadrunner Food Bank since 2015, and immediately prior to his current position worked at Feeding America, the national office for the country’s food bank network.  A graduate of Augustana College in Illinois, he also has earned a master’s degree in religion from Yale University Divinity School and a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Come hear Wally at Peace Lutheran for our June Community Forum on June 1st at 6pm.  Support the work of Roadrunner Foodbank and hear how Peace Lutheran is getting involved in addressing the needs of hungry neighbors in the coming year.