The Roadrunner Food Bank (RRFB) is preparing for its 4th annual volunteer event for University of New Mexico staff, students and faculty on Tuesday, Dec. 27.

UNM staff member Mark Reynolds, who has coordinated volunteers the past several years, is leading the effort once again. UNM volunteers help sort and pack food for needy families throughout the community as part of the holiday tradition called “Pay it Forward.”

“We have had many volunteers from the University, Health Sciences and University Hospital, friends and families over the years,” said Reynolds. “Last year we had an entire youth baseball team participate in packing ‘Jalapeno’s’ for this great cause.  The team work was amazing along with the fun factor of having the team work together.”

Volunteers can sign up for three different shifts during the day-long event. The available shifts include: 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and 2 to 4 p.m.

For more than 35 years, RRFB has been committed to solving hunger across New Mexico. Every week, they provide enough food to reach 70,000 hungry people who worry and struggle to put enough food on the table throughout the month.

While the RRFB distributes enough food to feed the city of Santa Fe every week, it still isn’t enough. More than 63 million meals are missing from the plates of hungry people across New Mexico.

Roadrunner Food Bank is located at 5840 Office Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87109.

For more information, visit Roadrunner Food Bank