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Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) of New Mexico’s Third District joined constituents from throughout northern New Mexico on Saturday, August 24 to discuss issues related to hunger and poverty. The video forum brought together key stakeholders who addressed both best practices and challenges regarding these important issues facing the state.
“Hunger and poverty impacts seniors, children, and families throughout New Mexico. The reasons behind each story can differ, but the impact is broad, affecting everything from school performance to health care outcomes,” Congressman Luján said. “It is vital that we take steps to not only pull people out of hunger and poverty, but also prevent them from facing it altogether. No New Mexican should go to bed hungry, worried if they will eat the next day or where they will sleep the next night. This important discussion must continue and we must build on the efforts of so many in our communities to combat the root causes of poverty and hunger in New Mexico.”
“With poverty levels reaching as high as 27% in areas within The Food Depot’s nine county service area and growing demands for emergency food assistance, I’m excited to participate in the development of solutions to end poverty for thousands of New Mexicans,” said Sherry Hooper, Executive Director of the Food Depot. “Low-income families face many challenges in their everyday lives such as accessing nutritious food or obtaining good medical care for their children.”