The University of New Mexico helps to feed the hungry with its Lobo Food Pantry, a program that offers students in need free groceries donated by the Road Runner Food Bank (RRFB) of New Mexico. On Friday, Feb. 12, from 10 - 12 p.m. or while supplies last, the Lobo Food Pantry gives out food to those in need at the UNM South Parking Lot located on the southwest corner of Avenida Cesar Chavez and Buena Vista, SW.
Created by the UNM Dean of Students Office in partnership with Student Affairs, Lobo Food Pantry has donated thousands of pounds of food. With more than 360,000 New Mexicans facing the specter of hunger this winter, many of them students, programs like the Lobo Food Pantry bring both awareness and assistance to the university community.
“We always sort of joke about the myth of the ‘starving student,’ but truly there are students on our campus who are living week to week,” said Lisa Lindquist. Lindquist, who is also the director of the LOBO Respect Advocacy Center, collaborates with RRFB and the Dean of Students Office to make the pantry happen, providing much-needed food security to approximately 100 households monthly.
Students interested in receiving groceries must bring a valid student ID and boxes or bags to carry the groceries. Students who wish to have another individual pick up their groceries must contact the Dean of Students Office at (505) 277-3361.
The next Lobo Food Pantry is set for Friday, March 11. Those interested in donating to Lobo Food Pantry can visit the donation page to make a contribution.