Roadrunner’s donation numbers for 2016 are in, industry-funded sugar research comes under fire, Panera Bread wants to improve the lives of chickens, the Catholic Church versus the food tax, a food poisoning breakout at a DOH luncheon and lucky foods for the New Year.
Even the unrepentantly lazy can do some good for New Mexico on Saturday. Just leave a bag of nonperishable food in (or near ... lazy people) your mailbox, and the U.S. Postal Service will make sure your donation is delivered to Roadrunner Food Bank. If you're a Good Samaritan who doesn't mind putting on a pair of pants and leaving the house, there are plenty of opportunities to help letter carriers unload and sort food at a post office substation near you: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 349-8825 to find out about volunteer opportunities.
That's what Roadrunner Food Bank does in a week, feeding the equivalent of the population of Farmington every seven days. But the nonprofit kicks into overdrive over the holidays—no one should go without a meal on Thanksgiving. Count your blessings and join the fight against hunger by dropping off a donation at any of the food drive locations mentioned in this week's food calendar. Easier still, just leave a bag of nonperishable food by your mail box on Saturday, and the post office will do the rest. For even more donation and volunteering opportunities, visit rrfb.org.
Roadrunner’s Mobile Food Pantry rolls into a neighborhood near you
By Mina Yamashita
Brad Brown grew up in a family that made a tradition of giving. Two years ago, a Martineztown neighbor arrived at his door with a pair of shoes to sell: The man needed the money to buy food for his family. Brown’s concern took immediate form when he gave his partner, Mike Griego, a birthday present—a Roadrunner Food Bank mobile pantry in Martineztown. A seedling fund of $100 got it started, and it’s since become a community commitment.
Rather than engaging in the typical Christmas Eve activities (imbibing nog, wearing flannel by a fireplace, receiving diamonds from your lover, not getting a present then discovering your husband leased you a new luxury car with a big stupid bow on top) the lavishly tressed hippies in The Withdrawals will be jamming extended guitar solos for charity. The show unfurls at Low Spirits (2823 Second Street NW) on Friday at 8 p.m. Admission is $8—get $3 off with two cans of food—and proceeds benefit the Roadrunner Food Bank. (Jessica Cassyle Carr)
Being homeless is no fun, but Josh Jones of Black Market Goods wants to help. For the fourth year running, the gallery owner is holding a benefit for those in need. Wasted Youth, held at 1816 Haines NW, will gather artists, musicians and dancers together at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 18. The theme of the show is nostalgia pieces reflecting video games, comics and toys from the artists’ formative years. The show will feature art from a variety of mediums. Five bands are set to perform, along with a DJ, body painters and a burlesque troupe. There is a $3 donation at the door that can be substituted for clothing, toys and food, which will be donated to Toys for Tots, Roadrunner Food Bank and other charities. Jones says he has been "kind of homeless" before, so he wants to help others out. "It sucks to be out there in the cold," he says. Yes, it does.
Albuquerque metal four-piece Frostbite will not be getting a lump of coal this year. Tonight the band hosts its Fourth Annual charitable musical affair known as the Frostbite Food Drive. This event is now taking place at the Moonlight Lounge, located at 120 Central SW at the corner of Second Street, NOT at the Launchpad, as previously scheduled. Still rocking for a worthy cause along with Frostbite are Shattered on Stone, Green Street Elite, Just Lazarus and Futilitarian. The food drive benefits the Roadrunner Food Bank of New Mexico, which has been helping struggling families for more than 30 years as the state's largest hunger relief organization. Bring nonperishable food items to the show or drop them off at any Planet Fitness gym and feel like St. Nic himself. This show begins at 9 p.m. and admission is $5.