Food insecurity is a daily occurrence for many in our neighboring communities. New Mexico ranks highest in our country for child hunger. The residents of McKinley and Cibola Counties, including parts of the Navajo Nation and people of the Zuni Pueblo are number one in New Mexico for this statistic and the most economically stressed, making it even harder for them to obtain the much-needed proteins to ensure a healthy diet for their children. One out of three children are in danger of going hungry. Every week, 70,000 New Mexicans seek food assistance. Between 30% and 40% of household members seeking food assistance are children under age 18. Another vulnerable population seeking food assistance in New Mexico are senior citizens at 21%.
At the peak of the worldwide Covid Pandemic, the Wholehearted Food Fund and The Community Pantry began its alliance to combat regional food insecurity. The mission of assisting New Mexico ranchers facing unpredictable environmental conditions and the unfair business practices of meat processing companies resulted in an uncertain future of livelihood.
Wholehearted Food Fund needs your donation for holiday meals!
We are thankful $20,000 is pledged to drive the 2022/23 GoFundMe challenge fundraiser campaign’s goal of $60,000. Yes, we all are feeling the weight of these uneasy times, but please remember you make a difference in battling hunger! Help us help those less fortunate. We are one-third of the way to match the funds needed to meet our goal and every dollar helps!
Our combined action since 2019, raised approximately $150,000, providing over 65,000 USDA inspected grass fed meat servings to The Community Pantry. We are incredibly honored and grateful the Wholehearted Food Fund was chosen by the National Institute of Food & Agriculture Project Planning committee as a 2022 USDA Community Food Program award recipient. This competitive award endorses our aim of establishing a sustainable and viable channel of food distribution, beginning with local livestock producers, and ending with feeding hungry, low-income families.
Your tax-deductible donation will provide food assistance to underserved New Mexicans, essential income to small local farms and ranches, which in turn fortifies rural economic stability.
Donate now and ensure that residents of impoverished New Mexico communities and Tribal Nations receive locally raised meat protein in their daily diet throughout this holiday season.
Alice Perez, The Community Pantry
Timothy Willms, Wholehearted Food Fund