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Don't Forget: Your Neighbors are the Hungriest in the Country

June 5, 2007

Odds are, you have far more hungry neighbors than the average American. On this “National Hunger Awareness Day,” Jasmin Holmstrup with Roadrunner Food Bank in Albuquerque says part of the goal is to remind New Mexicans that they live in the hungriest state in the country.

“Here in New Mexico, there are approximately 354,000 hungry New Mexicans. That's 1-out-of-6 that don't have the resources to purchase food.”

She explains that part of the reason hunger is so widespread here is that our state is largely rural.

“The combination of poverty and people having to travel long distances to get to a job or to get to food makes it very difficult and increases the number of people at risk for hunger.”

She says the timing of Hunger Awareness Day isn't a coincidence, and that many people are surprised to learn hunger actually increases in the summer, especially for families with schoolchildren.

“They not only have to pay for three meals a day, they also have to pay for childcare, and donations to the nation's food banks actually drop off during the summer.”

Today, there will be a "Dine Out For Hunger" event across the state. Over a dozen restaurants in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Artesia, Clovis, Las Vegas and Tucumcari will be donating a portion of their proceeds to the state's food banks. For a list of the restaurants and more ways to fight hunger in New Mexico, visit”>

Eric Mack/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - NM