What We Do
Hunger is a significant issue that affects many individuals and families in the state of New Mexico. According to Feeding America, hunger impacts 1 in 8 New Mexicans. Despite being one of the most agriculturally rich states in the United States, New Mexico has high poverty rates and food insecurity that impacts a significant portion of its population. Hunger in New Mexico is a complex issue that results from various factors, including unemployment, poverty, lack of access to nutritious food, and high rates of food deserts.
Food waste is also a significant issue, contributing to the overall hunger problem. According to a report by the New Mexico Recycling Coalition, the state generates around 5.9 million tons of waste each year, with a significant portion being food waste. This wastage occurs at various levels, including production, processing, distribution, and consumption. Reducing food waste in New Mexico could help address the hunger problem while reducing the environmental impact of wasted resources. Several initiatives and programs are in place to address food waste in the state, such as food recovery programs and composting initiatives.
FIFABQ creates sustainable solutions and initiatives to address both of these issues. Our dedicated crew of volunteers aid in the harvest of abundance in our commUnity. Fresh foods that would have been wasted in backyard fruit trees, orchards, and farms as recovered and shared. We connect fresh, nutritious abundance throughout our commUnity via organizations helping to feed our commUnity.
Individuals and Organizations who donate food are protected from criminal and civil liability under the Good Samaritan Food Donation Act. Our work at Food is Free Albuquerque falls under the coverage of this legislation. Read more about the Federal Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act.