July 31, 2008

Running Low on Help ; Storehouse West Needs Donations to Help Feed Families

By Amanda A. Stevens Journal Staff Writer

The food supply is getting thin. Storehouse West is holding a food drive this week through Saturday at all three Albertsons stores in Rio Rancho.

"The food drives in the schools and for the holidays are not going to start until October or November, and we're going to be out of a lot of different nonperishable items before that," said Storehouse executive director Carol Nesbitt. "This is needed just to obtain items that we are low on that I know we are going to run out of, and we're trying to get them now."

Storehouse West supplies food for those who meet income requirements and live in Sandoval County.

Bins will be at each Albertsons to collect donations. Cashiers will be handing out lists of items that are most needed such as peanut butter, jelly, tuna, macaroni and cheese, spaghetti sauce, pasta, canned fruit, cereal, juice, beans and canned meat.

Storehouse is also constantly looking for food for those who have special diets.

"If there is a diabetic, our volunteers look for something that has no sugar, or low sugar, or someone who can't have salt, a lot of people can't have salt, so we look for things with no salt. Some people are allergic to things with white flour, like pasta, so we look for brown pasta," Nesbitt said.

Storehouse supplies food for about 30 people each day, she said.

"Now that the economy is getting worse with food prices going up and gas prices going up and they say PNM prices will be raised, there are more and more people that are finding it totally impossible to pay rent and mortgage and put food on the table," Nesbitt said. "So, we're trying to help. We can't support people, but we can help out with a five- or six-day supply of food every couple months."

For more information, or to volunteer or donate, call 892-2077 or visit www. storehousewestnm.org.

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