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Roadrunner Food Bank’s Hurricane Harvey Relief

By Robin Babb

Roadrunner Food Bank’s Hurricane Harvey Relief

As a native Houstonian, I’ve been shocked and saddened by the devastation that Hurricane Harvey has left in its wake, as I know all of us have. I remember when the people of Houston stepped up to offer shelter, food and a new home to victims of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. I have faith that they will do the same now for their fellow citizens.

But Houstonians aren’t the only ones who can pitch in during this crisis. Roadrunner Food Bank (full details on their website) recently released a list of ways that New Mexicans can help the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

1. Donate money to any of the following Feeding America food banks in the areas affected by Harvey:

Food Bank of Corpus Christi

Food Bank of the Golden Crescent

Houston Food Bank

Southeast Texas Food Bank

San Antonio Food Bank

2. Donate directly to Feeding America (feedingamerica.org) to help them allocate resources appropriately across the state.

3. Check the list below of items that are particularly needed by disaster relief teams, then find a Bernalillo County drop-off location near you:

Hand-held snack items such as granola bars

Pop-top ready-to-eat items

Shelf-stable pantry items such as peanut butter, canned tuna and soup

Bottled water

Cleaning supplies (bleach, non-bleach, paper towels, etc.)

Personal hygiene items (toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc.)

Bernalillo County Drop-off Locations:

All BernCo community centers

County Manager’s Office, One Civic Plaza, 10th floor

Treasurer’s Office, One Civic Plaza, basement level

Court of Wills, Estates and Probate, One Civic Plaza, 6th floor

BernCo office at Union Square Building, 111 Union Square SE

Public Works Division, 2400 Broadway SE

Sheriff’s Department Headquarters, 400 Roma NW, 4th floor

All Area Command Centers

Fire Department Headquarters, Atrium Building, 6840 Second Street NW

Metropolitan Detention Center, 100 Deputy Dean Miera SW

East Mountain Transfer Station, 711 Highway 333 (old Route 66)

If you have the time and ability, also consider making a trip down to Houston to volunteer for a disaster relief organization such as Habitat for Humanity. The people of Houston will be hurting from this for many months and years to come, so don’t feel like any donation of money, food or time is too little or too late.

 
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