As the cost of essentials such as food, gas and housing continues to rise, CNM food pantry has become a vital resource for many students who feel out of place due to higher prices.
Since opening at the Student Resource Center (SRC) library on the main campus in December last year, the food pantry has been able to distribute free food to 100-200 students every week. Every Wednesday from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm, students can go to the food pantry and buy a selection of fresh and non-perishable foods.
“Many of our students struggle with food insecurity, so being able to open a food pantry really helps those who may not have the funds to shop for fresh food at the grocery store,” says Valerie Gutiérrez, Student Activities Officer. who helps with the food pantry.
The purpose of the food pantry is to help remove one of the barriers that may prevent students from reaching their educational goals. Any student in need is encouraged to drop by on Wednesdays and pick up a meal bag. The only requirement is that students must bring their CNM ID card.
Local non-profit organizations MoGro as well as Roadrunner Food Bank help keep the food pantry shelves stocked with groceries and non-perishables. But as pantry coverage continues to grow, Valerie says they are also looking for ways to go beyond just food. Some students may also find it difficult to afford essentials such as soap and toothpaste, so CNM takes care of the team organized a campaign to sell toiletries in favor of the food pantry.
“We also wanted to focus on toiletries because that’s another insecurity that a lot of people deal with,” Valerie says.
The toilet road began on June 1 and will last until the end of the month. However, Valerie says the need for toiletries continues.
Specifically, the CNM food pantry requires the following items:
- Body/face wash
- Disposable razors
- Feminine hygiene products
- Shampoo and conditioner
If you are interested in donating, please note that items must be new in box or individually wrapped. Donations can be left at the following locations:
- Home (Student Service Center, Student Resource Center-Library, JS Building)
- Montoya (Richard Barr Hall/Library)
- Rio Rancho (Lobby Reception)
- Westside (Security Station in the Michael J. Glennon Building)
Ahead of the fall semester, Valerie says there are plans to open two additional food pantries at CNM’s South Valley and Westside campuses. Ultimately, she says, the hope is to have a food pantry on every CNM campus.
“They probably won’t be as big as the food pantry on the main campus, but we’re in the process of opening them,” says Valerie.
The CNM food pantry is run by Dean of the student department in partnership with Student Activities Office. Funding for the food pantry comes from CNM Foundation and his generous donors. Monetary donations can be made through the CNM Foundation. Nursing Families Foundation.