Living in Downtown Albuquerque, I’ve witnessed the impacts of two organizations firsthand. One provides health and dental care to individuals experiencing homelessness, and the other aggressively addresses hunger disparities in New Mexico.
Albuquerque Healthcare for the Homeless provides health and dental services to individuals experiencing homelessness. In addition to this, they have social and behavioral health services, and provide an open art studio, all free of charge to clients. In their fiscal year 2013/14, they served more than 5,300 people in multiple capacities.
The Roadrunner Food Bank has been a staple in addressing Albuquerque’s and New Mexico’s residents’ food shortages. In any given week, they provide food for more than 70,000 individuals across the state. RRFB is also expanding fresh foods available to New Mexicans, they assist with applications for WIC and SNAP benefits, and offer low cost dental care. They’re much more than a food distribution center, and they’re such an important resource in New Mexico.