What do you think of when August rolls around? A summer month? The beginning of the school year? For me, I think of the summer month in a few ways. The first thought that comes to mind is my birthday. That’s right – I’m an August baby, and a Virgo to be more exact. I also think of August as the beginning of the school year, whether it’s college or Albuquerque Public Schools.
What if I told you that August is also Nonprofit Month? Most people tend to think about nonprofit organizations and charities closer to the holiday season. But this hot month is dedicated to generous noprofits that look out for their communities and how they can give back.
One local nonprofit close to the hearts of the team members with Albuquerque Plumbing Heating & Cooling is Roadrunner Food Bank. In fact, last year my team member and I volunteered our time at the food bank to help put together boxes to hungry New Mexicans. There are strict rules for what foods are sent to families, such as no bruised bananas. Also, if there’s one spoiled berry found in a six-ounce container, the whole thing has to go. Any spoiled food is given to animals on local farms. This is also so that no food is wasted.
Roadrunner Food Bank
Roadrunner Food Bank was founded in 1979, and it’s the largest food bank in the state of New Mexico. Their goal is to help fill the nutritional gaps many families may be facing, especially children. While I was visiting their website, I learned that they distributed over 10 MILLION pounds of food last year to hungry families! How amazing is that?
During the pandemic last year, food banks across the nation set up drive thru food distribution centers for impacted families. Roadrunner Food Bank was one of these food banks, and they were instrumental in helping New Mexicans get nutritional food to feed their families. There were multiple locations, including at local high schools, where people could pick up milk, fruits and vegetables.
Two Locations For Distributions
This year, the food distribution took place at EXPO New Mexico at the Fairgrounds. However, leading up to the state fair next month, the food will be distributed at two different locations in the city.
According to the website for Roadrunner Food bank, they will alternate between two new locations each week. Check out the information below:
Albuquerque Westside: The AMC Theatre Distribution will be from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. every other week on the following dates: August 24, September 7 and September 21.
Located off Coors, south of Rio Bravo at: 3810 Las Estancias Way SW
Albuquerque Eastside: The Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center Distribution will be from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. every other week on the following dates: August 31, September 14 and September 28.
Located off Eubank and Southern at: 501 Elizabeth St SE
If you want to give back to your community, volunteering with the Roadrunner Food Bank is a great way to do that. You can help assemble food boxes or help hand them out to the public.
Giving Back Is Always Great!
In all honesty, giving back to any nonprofit of your choosing is great! Whether it’s helping with animals, children, senior citizens…you name it! Giving back is what matters, and donating your time, help, and anything else you can spare is greatly appreciate by the nonprofits.
Albuquerque Plumbing Heating & Cooling are humbled to be able to support various local and even national nonprofits. It’s one small way to give back to a community that has given so much to us and to others, especially in a time of need. We came together to help each other before, and we will continue to join hands and come together.