Storehouse New Mexico is a nonprofit community-based food pantry that provides free food to people in need.
The Storehouse became a nonprofit organization in 1976 with one specific goal: to help New Mexicans solve their food insecurities regardless of race, faith, age, gender, or disability. Hunger has increased over the years, and the Storehouse currently provides nutritious food to over 50,000 people a year.
In 1976, Titus and Charlotte Scholl, a local pastor and his wife, realized that too many people in Albuquerque were going hungry. Instead of standing by, they took it upon themselves to do something to help. They spoke to friends and family, gathered collections and began to distribute food out of the trunk of their car and occasionally their own garage. Many years later, when the Storehouse found its current home near the corner of Central and Broadway in downtown Albuquerque, the Storehouse was supporting close to 10,500 families.
In an effort to find more ways to end hunger in New Mexico, the Scholls founded the Roadrunner Food Bank in 1980. We have continued to worked closely together since then.
The Scholls, and eventually a team of volunteers, survived entirely on community support and the generous contributions of food and resources they were able to gather.
As a truly charitable organization, the Storehouse still relies almost entirely every month on the generosity of community members to remain in operation. A majority of those donations are given by individuals. Corporate gifts, foundations, and faith community donors are also vital.
Your support is still important today. In fact, with a struggling economy and a shortage of full-time jobs, the Storehouse is more in demand than it’s ever been.
The Scholl family wasn’t especially well known or wealthy, they were just thoughtful people who wanted to “prove someone cares”. That mindset remains part of the social fabric of the Storehouse today. Our goal is for everyone who walks through our door to get nutritious food and the caring our our team.
In 2014, the Storehouse nearly closed. To ensure we could continued to feed the multitude of families that count on us, we turned to another nonprofit for support. At that time, Adelante Development Center began to support our administrative efforts such as fundraising, marketing, payroll, IT, and HR support. This arrangement helps our small crew focus simply on feeding people in need. We remain our own corporation, but Adelante’s work has been a great support to the Storehouse. Today, we are able to give more food to each family, the number of volunteers has increased, our donations have been more stable, and we’ve been able to feed more people when the community need has risen.
Each year the Storehouse
- supports approximately 50,000 individuals (roughly 145 households per day or 250 individuals)
- provides over 1.6 million meals
- supplies the average client with about 60 meals per month
Hunger in New Mexico
- 15.5% of New Mexicans don’t know where their next meal will come from
- New Mexico is ranked #1 in childhood hunger in the United States and among the worst for adult hunger, too
- Over 105,000 people are food insecure in Bernalillo County alone
- 1 out of every 4 children in New Mexico is hungry
- Hunger impacts the overall health and education attainment of our community
Thank you for considering doing a story about hunger in New Mexico or our work at the Storehouse. Hunger is an important issue, and we hope you find some of what you need on our website. To set up an interview with our team or for additional assistance, please email JBeets@StorehouseNM.org or call 505.449.4026. Thank you!
- For ideas and to see our social media posts visit: https://www.facebook.com/StorehouseNM/
Please consider supporting our mission to feed hungry people in New Mexico.
If you prefer to make a donation by mail, please send it to: Storehouse New Mexico, PO Box 94810, Albuquerque, NM 87199