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CNM Food Pantry Helps Feed Low Income Students and Their Families

How many CNM students and their families struggle to put food on the table? Based on the numbers of student who participate in the college’s monthly Mobile Food Pantry, more than you think, says Libby Fatta, Student Events and Program Manager in the Office of the Dean of Students.
CNM Food Pantry Helps Feed Low Income Students and Their Families

Sep 14, 2016

CNM partners with Roadrunner Food Bank once a month to give 50 CNM students and their families 50 pounds of food each during the pantry.

“We have students who attend the Mobile Food Pantry every month, and they are always there early to receive food,” Fatta said. “Some students come with their children, parents and other household members and are very grateful for the assistance. We have students who take the bus each month to our pantries, coordinate transportation with the Sun Van, and some walk, bike and ride their skateboards to pick up food.”

CNM students with a current class schedule and valid CNM student ID are eligible for the food pantry. The project was originally started by the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and the Office of the Dean of Students. Following a six-month trial run, the Military and Veterans Charter, a CNM student organization, took over the project’s sponsorship.

The CNM Mobile Food Pantry is one of several throughout the Albuquerque/Rio Rancho area.

Every month the Roadrunner Food Bank provides CNM with 2,500 pounds of bulk food, which is enough to feed 50 households of four. The food is delivered in a Roadrunner truck and includes an assortment of items, including fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy, meat, frozen meals, snacks and bread varieties. CNM volunteers pack the food into boxes, which are picked up by students in the parking lot west of Robert P. Matteucci Hall on Main Campus.

The next CNM Food Pantry will be Saturday, Sept. 24, at 9 a.m. in the Smith Brasher Hall Parking Lot, just west of Robert P, Matteucci Hall. Also on hand this month will be representatives of Central New Mexico Housing, which provides information about how low income families can permanently reduce their energy bills by making their homes more energy efficient.

For more information about the Mobile Food Pantry, email Fatta at efatta@cnm.edu.