Sat. Jul 20th, 2024

United Way of Eastern New Mexico gives extra $5,000 to Food Bank in response to Walmart closure

Media Release, United Way of ENM:

 

In the wake of the Clovis Walmart temporary closure, our local Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico that serves five counties with fresh and shelf stable food is facing a significant gap because the normal generosity of Clovis Walmart will be disrupted for several weeks and maybe months. The Board of Directors of United Way of Eastern New Mexico approved $5,000 supplemental grant to FBENM to help start the community response in this difficult time.

 

We ask our community to reflect on the need to replace the 2,000 pounds of produce, meat and other food items that previously came from Walmart monthly.

 

Various resources are available to help residents who have needs whether related or unrelated to the Walmart closure. Residents are encouraged to call 211, the United Way of Eastern New Mexico Helpline, for assistance connecting to resources and community services.  Encouraging and referring individuals to call 211 for information and services is one of the best ways you can help your neighbors at this time. Tell everyone about the 211.

 

Ways to Take Action to Help those in Need:

  • Give a monetary donation to the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico.  Every dollar helps! The director of FBENM estimates that average of donated food from the store including meat is more than $8,000 each month. Monetary donations enable the Food Bank to keep shelves stocked and provide fresh meat, produce and other goods to our vulnerable community members.  https://www.fbenm.org/donate
  • Donate $25 or $50 gift cards in for local grocery stores including Albertsons, Lowes and S&S to United Way of Eastern New Mexico.  These gift cards will be given to local organizations like Matt 25, Salvation Army, etc so they can better assist individuals who may be facing higher grocery costs.
  • Donations of pet food to the High Plains Humane Society are requested as well. For details call 575-791-2572.

Those wishing to make a difference in the lives of our neighbors in need are urged to donate as soon as they can. For information call UWENM 575-769-2103.

For more information or to learn more about how to get involved, call 211 or email staff@unitedwayenm.org.

 

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About United Way of Eastern New Mexico 

United Way of Eastern New Mexico is a local human service organization focusing charitable giving on the issues and needs of families in Curry, Roosevelt, and Quay counties. UWENM is a grant maker in our area funding programs at 10 local agencies that fight child abuse and domestic violence; end hunger; take care of our elderly and disabled; fight homelessness; and provide youth development. UWENM also provides direct service through 2-1-1 information referral line; Game Changers; the Successful You Career Closet; and the Volunteer Action Center. In 2022, UWENM staff directly helped over 2,200 of our neighbors—connect to the help they needed, avoid homelessness, improve their employment situation, and volunteer with local non-profits that changes lives.

 

For more information, visit
www.unitedwayenm.org

www.volunteerenm.org

 

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