The Storehouse served a record number of households in May 2024. A total of 3,574 households visited the pantry. In line with recent clients, including 1,859 children. This illustrates the growing need for our food pantry and the struggles New Mexican families are facing. Therefore, it’s clear that additional resources are vital for keeping children fed during the summer months. This is especially true for families with children who quality for free breakfasts and lunches from school. Thankfully, the USDA Summer Food Service Program understands this meal gap and works to provide meals for children at various locations throughout the summer. The City of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County both have food programs available.

City of Albuquerque Summer Food Programs

The City of Albuquerque provides meals at designated locations through the city. Children ages 1-18 are eligible to receive food. Availability is first come, first served and each location is open for one hour only. The children must be present to receive food and the food must be eaten at the site rather than taken to another location. Some sites offer a reading program while children eat, which is an educational, entertaining addition to the program.

More information on the food program, as well as a current list of locations can be found on the city’s website. The City also accepts volunteer help at these sites. To learn more about volunteering, check their volunteer opportunities page.

Bernalillo County Food Program

a mother and her children come to the Storehouse New Mexico food pantry to get food during the summer.

Bernalillo County steps in to support local children outside the city limits. Sites in the South Valley, North Valley, East Mountains, the Pueblo of Isleta, and Paradise Hills are included. If your children need food this summer, a full list of sites can be found on the county website. Similar to the city, there are rules for receiving food. First, participants must be between the ages of 1 to 18 years old to receive a meal. Second, meals must be consumed at the meal site. (There are some exceptions at non-congregate sites). Third, children participating must receive the entire meal, including milk. Fourth, all meals are served on a first come, first served basis.

It takes collaboration to support so many local children. So, the U.S. Department of Agriculture provides grant to Bernalillo County to fund this initiative. The New Mexico Early Childhood Education & Care Department administers the grant. The Albuquerque Public Schools Food and Nutrition Department prepares and delivers meal to sites around the county. Together, they make a difference for so many children who might otherwise go hungry.

The Storehouse Food Pantry is Another Summer Food Resource

The Storehouse is open and gives out free groceries on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 9 am – noon. Individuals and families in need should bring a valid ID to receive food. People can visit once a month. Most importantly, clients will leave with a cart full of food that includes meats, dairy products, and fresh fruits and vegetables. A full calendar and information on how to receive food is on the Need Food page.

Please share these resources with families in need.