Eastern in Action Aims To Combat Food Insecurity

Canned food can be invaluable to families in need.

In the following weeks, Eastern New Mexico University will be hosting a canned food drive to help those who face food insecurity.

The event will be held at the Campus Union Building, and participants will be able to drop off their food via a drive through as to minimize human contact in accordance with COVID-19 safety guidelines. Participants are asked to bring canned, non-perishable foods that are rich in nutrients. The times to drop off cans are as follows:

Nov. 7; 3:00-6:00 p.m.

Nov. 8; 2:00-5:00 p.m.

Nov. 21; 2:00-5:00 p.m.

According to data from non-profit Feeding America, 1 in 7 New Mexicans struggle with hunger, and 1 in 4 children in our state do not have a dependable source of food. Through cooperating with Roadrunner Foodbank in Albuquerque, Feeding America also found that up to 50 percent of households seeking food assistance have an employed person whose income cannot sufficiently feed their family, and more than 25 percent of households include a family member who served in the United States military. Food insecurity affects many people from all walks of life, and donations allow them to not have to make the choice between food and other financial pressures.

For those who are unable to drop off food during the drive through event, the ENMU Department of Safety is also able to accept donations between the times of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on workdays. All donations will be sent to the Eastern New Mexico Food Bank.

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