In 2020 one of our favorite collegiate Storehouse volunteers, Izzy, had an idea: host a city-wide food drive where a crew of volunteers picks up everyone’s donation! She called it the ABQ Grub Crawl, and it was a huge success! So she’s doing it again this year — bigger and better, August 5–7, 2021, in neighborhoods across Albuquerque.
This year, the Grub Crawl is extra special for Izzy. Her grandfather, who inspired her to be active in her community and give back however she can, recently passed away. So Izzy and the Storehouse community are remembering her grandfather and his philosophy as we engage the community in feeding New Mexico families.
There are lots of ways to get involved and help the Storehouse food pantry through Grub Crawl. You can donate food or funding to support this effort. You can even set up your own fundraising team and ask your friends to help feed local families.
Help Organize the Grub Crawl!
Can you help get your friends and neighbors involved with the Grub Crawl? Set up a Web page easily using the link below to put out information and help collect food and funds. You could also just help recruit donors through an app like Next Door, or, if you’re out getting fresh air in your neighborhood, you can print some of the flyers and let people know about it. If people are more comfortable with you, and you’re okay with it, the whole block can leave the food in your yard and you can arrange the pickup.
We might need more drivers or food sorters, too. If you can volunteer yourself and your car or truck to help do pickups and deliver them to the Storehouse as part of Grub Crawl, email us at ABQGrubCrawl@gmail.com with the subject DRIVER or FOOD SORTER.
If you’d like to donate non-perishable food for the Storehouse as part of this year’s Grub Crawl, gather some canned goods and other shelf stable groceries to donate. Great items to give include canned proteins like chicken or tuna, canned fruits and veggies, and boxed food that can withstand being outside for part of the day while our drivers make their way to your house. No glass please! We don’t want items to get broken or our volunteers to get cut accidentally when it happens.
We can pick up your food donations!
If you’d like the Grub Crawl crew to pick up your donations, please:
- Send an email to ABQGrubCrawl@gmail.com telling us what day during Grub Crawl to pick up your donation. (August 5, 6, or 7)
- Please be sure to put your zip code as the subject of your email and include your address in the body of the email so our volunteer drivers can find your house and your donation.
- Set your food out by 7:00 am. Please put it near the curb, at the end of your driveway or somewhere easily visible from the street.
- Clearly mark your donation as GRUB CRAWL or STOREHOUSE NM so we know for sure what to take.
Drop off your donations!
If you’d rather drop off your food donations, Izzy and her volunteers will be at an Albertsons Market location from 5–8 pm each day of the Grub Crawl. Those locations are below and on our flyers, which you can download (above).
We also welcome food donations directly at the Storehouse food pantry, 106 Broadway Blvd SE, Albuquerque NM 87102. We are located downtown on Broadway, just south of Central Avenue. We have limited hours due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but will have people there Tuesday through Thursday from 8 am to 2 pm to take in food. Please ring the bell by the back door, on the alley/east side by the roll-up garage door, to connect with our staff members. We’ll have on our face masks and ask that you consider doing so, too.
Albertsons Market Donations Drop Off Sites & Dates
We’ll be at these Albertsons Market locations on the dates listed from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm taking in donations!
Thursday, August 5: Albertsons Market 10131 Coors Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114
Thursday, August 5: Albertsons Market, 6200 Coors Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120
Friday, August 6: Albertsons Market, 8100 Ventura St NE, Albuquerque, NM 87122
Saturday, August 7: Albertsons Market, 12201 Academy Rd NE, Albuquerque Rd NE 87111
Give a Financial Gift Today!
You can also help all summer long by giving a financial gift to the Storehouse. Click the button below to donate securely today. Funding is a huge help for the Storehouse. Every $1 donated will help provide 5 meals to people in need. Financial gifts help the pantry purchase things that can’t be donated through the Grub Crawl like dairy products, meat, and fresh fruits and vegetables. Together, we can make a difference for local families experiencing hunger. Thank you!