We had the opportunity to go to Roadrunner Food Band to meet the staff and get a tour. To start off the place is huge, they have a walk in refrigerator bigger than most apartments! The facilities are clean and modern, even the walls are a work of art done by a local artist. The staff was great and everyone is passionate about helping others, how couldn't you be working there. They offer tours and always take volunteers. Check the bottom of this entry to see their information. It was nice to see kids bagging food and helping out, they seemed to be having fun and it was nice to see them involved in the community. We will soon be partnering with Roadrunner to create what we are calling “cruiser bags” as part of the A Helping Hand program.
These bags will contain a bottle of water, small food items, and resource information for follow up. They will be distributed to the Albuquerque Police Department's Southeast Area Command’s officers to start the program. These bags are made possible from a community grant that we were awarded from Walmart. The management at store #831 stepped up to help the community with this program.
The goal is to give officers a resource that they can use to immediately help someone in need. These bags will help the hungry, reduce recidivism, increase public trust, create more effective community engagement, and give information for follow up services.
I truly believe that when a community sees their law enforcement helping the less fortunate in a positive way it raises community standards. It shows everyone that people are people and everyone needs a helping hand from time to time.
Roadrunner Food Bank
Main Line: 505-247-2052
Food Assistance Line: 505-349-8841
Toll Free: 866-327-0267
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