”To give a helping hand to those in need, and to let them know there are still people out there who do care”
Founded in 1996 by Linda Stevenson, People Helping People is a local, non-profit organization dedicated to supplying food, clothing, and basic hygiene products to those in need; this assistance is provided without regard to status, ethnicity, or income.
Hunger is a constant in the lives of many New Mexicans. Every day, thousands of people around the state struggle to put food on their tables. Every week, nearly 40,000 New Mexicans seek food assistance. While thousands of New Mexicans receive assistance through SNAP (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program), those funds only provide 2.3 weeks of groceries.**
People Helping People is a non-profit 501 C-3 and follows the program guidelines established by the Food and Nutrition Services Bureau (FANS) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) federal program regulations. We are monitored, and regularly inspected by the Roadrunner Food Bank to ensure that we are in compliance with these guidelines.
We are currently distributing food to over 600 families per month. Our food pantry is open to the public, and our Senior Citizen’s Program food boxes are distributed, on the last Saturday of every month from 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. at River’s Edge Mini Storage at 110 Industrial Park Loop in Rio Rancho, NM. Food boxes are also delivered to designated low-income apartment complexes on a regularly scheduled basis.
**2010 Missing Meals Study, New Mexico Association of Food Banks.