Donate to food bank through Smith’s program

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By The Staff

Smith’s Food & Drug shoppers can help alleviate hunger in their community by adding a $10 donation to their check out order to benefit their local food bank in the 6th Annual Smith’s Gift of Giving Campaign.

Smith’s checkers will be accepting customers’ donations from November 12 through December 25. In New Mexico, Road Runner Food Bank will be receiving the funds to purchase food items they need the most at Smith’s cost.

“Some food banks purchase turkeys for holiday meals, while others prefer to use the funds for hearty soups, canned stews or canned meats to meet the anticipated demand for convenient meal items that are also nutritious and filling,” said Marsha Gilford, Smith’s vice president of public affairs.

During the 2009 Gift of Giving campaign, generous shoppers at Smith’s contributed more than $57,000 to help local food banks.

“Smith’s holiday food drive allows their customers to directly help people in their own community,” said Melody Wattenbarger, president & CEO of Roadrunner Food Bank.  “These most basic and nutritious food items are so crucial to individuals and families who are depending on the Food Bank in these distressful economic times.  We are truly grateful to Smith’s and their customers for their support.”

About Roadrunner Food Bank
Roadrunner Food Bank of New Mexico is New Mexico’s largest non-profit organization dedicated to ending hunger in New Mexico.  In 2009, Roadrunner Food Bank distributed more than 20 million pounds of food through a statewide network of nearly 600 partner agencies and five regional food banks. In New Mexico, Roadrunner Food Bank is the only member of Feeding America.

Every week Roadrunner and our affiliated agencies help nearly 40,000 different individuals with food assistance, which is equivalent to feeding a city the size of Farmington every single week.