By COURTENEY HANDY
Representatives from the Santa Fe Food Depot presented on their food programs at the Center for Lifelong Education at the Institute of American Indian Arts for Food Day, held Oct. 25.
The Food Depot representatives spoke of statistics on student hunger, food donations, and how students can get the food they need, JoAnn Bishop, the IAIA health, wellness, and fitness director said.
Some students on the IAIA campus are hungry because they run out of money and can’t afford food and rent, said Sheila Rocha, performing arts department chair, who was in the audience. “It’s one or the other, not both,” Rocha said. “Many students face that dilemma.”
IAIA Food Day
Food Day is an annual IAIA community event in October that promotes awareness for the hunger of students and their need for food, and how to grow, and share food.
The campus food drive has occurred during Food Day for the past three years, chaired by Bishop, who formed the school’s connection with the Food Depot.
“I wanted to promote awareness on how students could get the help they needed when it came to food,” Bishop said.
IAIA’s Food Drive
This year’s food drive at the IAIA campus lasted from Oct. 23 to Oct. 27. Six food collection barrels were located at the fitness center, CLE bookstore, Library entrance, Academic Building, and the Lloyd Kiva New Lobby.
“This year’s food drive collected more food for the Food Depot and IAIA students as this year’s event lasted five days instead of three days as it had the last two years,” Bishop said. adding that the staff from the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts donated enough food to fill a whole barrel.
IAIA students were seen taking food from the food bins, illustrating the need for the food bins.
“Food was being taken out of the bins right away,” Bishop said, “hence why the bins appeared to be empty.”
The 2016 Santa Fe Food Depot Annual Report shows a breakdown of the people they helped:
”¢ 30% of recipients are children or college students
”¢ 21% are seniors
”¢ 16% are grandparents raising grandchildren
Bishop hopes to receive ideas on how to make the drive bigger and better next year.
“These things build on each other,” she said.
The Santa Fe Food Depot is located at 1222A Siler Rd. Santa Fe, NM. 87507.
To contact the Santa Fe Food Depot, call or email at: (505) 471-1633 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Most needed Items for food drives
Canned Tuna, Salmon & Meats
Macaroni & Cheese
Raisins & Other Dried Fruits
Pasta Sauce, Tomato Sauce
Nuts and Seeds
Personal Care & Household Products
Toothpaste & Toothbrushes
*The Food Depot CANNOT accept perishable or frozen foods, home-cooked or home-canned foods (including jams and jellies), or opened packages of food.
Other food sources for students in need
”¢ Bag ”˜N Hand Food Pantry
St. John’s United Methodist Church
Cordova Road and Old Pecos Trail
They give a bag of food to each family on Tuesdays or Thursdays from 10:00 am – 12:00 Noon.
”¢ Bienvenidos Food Pantry
1511 Fifth Street
Food and clothing. Sack lunches: Mondays, 10 am – 1:30 pm; Tuesdays through Thursdays, 10 am – 2:30 pm. Grocery boxes: Mondays, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm; Tuesdays through Thursdays, 11:30 am – 2:30 pm. A photo ID and proof of residence are required for grocery boxes. Closed on Fridays.
”¢ Christ Lutheran Church
1701 Arroyo Chamiso (by St. Michaels Drive and Old Pecos Trail).
Provides bag of food on Thursdays, 9:30 am – 11:30 am, once per month per family.
(Featured image courtesy of frouk.net)