Mouths to feed

Always Loving Mankind Food Pantry helps hungry neighbors in Moreno Valley

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For 20 years, Always Loving Mankind Food Pantry has been feeding hungry neighbors from Black Lake to Cimarron.

The project started as a ministry by Angel Fire Lutheran Church in 1998, became a community-wide 501c3 non-profit in 2007.

ALM is unique among northern New Mexico food pantries in that it delivers food to its patrons. Every other Monday, approximately 70 households receive two sacks of healthy food filled with canned vegetables, fruit, proteins and staples, such as pasta, pinto beans and rice.

The patrons range from working poor to retirees on low incomes, many elderly and some small children. Recipients are identified by neighbors, community leaders and churches and must meet federal food assistance qualifications.

ALM also supplies a Food 4 Kids program at Eagle Nest Elementary and Middle School. The program provides a bag of healthy snacks for children in need to take home on weekends.

ALM purchases the majority of food items from the Food Depot of Santa Fe and enjoys the gracious support of Angel Fire Baptist Church for vital pantry storage. A quarterly shipment will usually run 8,000 to 10,000 pounds and cost $5,000 to $6,000.

ALM is a non-profit, all-volunteer run effort with no paid employees. The board is always looking for more community helpers. Currently a driver and another delivery person will soon be needed for the Cimarron route.

Funds are derived through fundraisers, donations and grants, including an annual matching grant from Angel Fire Community Foundation and the Catholic Charities.

The Angel Fire Community Foundation provides a matching grant to help ALM feed our neighbors.

For more information about the Foundation, or to make a tax-free donation, please go to angelfirecommunityfoundation.org.

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