The Food Depot
Your generosity means that those impacted by the fires — whether they have previously received emergency food aid in the past or not — did not also experience hunger during this traumatic time. Supplies donated by The Food Depot for disaster relief are unique to the needs of the communities we serve. Items requested at the height of the wildfires were bottled water, electrolyte drinks, non-perishable high protein snacks like jerky, and hygiene items such as baby wipes, toothpaste, and sunscreen.
Pre-pandemic, most of The Food Depot's operations were devoted to food banking – purchasing, rescuing, and soliciting food donations. Thanks to supporters like you, today, we can offer food in more diverse ways to the communities we serve, including providing direct food assistance in a community disaster like the ongoing wildfires.
During the wildfires and then flooding, these are some of the activities led by The Food Depot:
- Preparing and delivering prepared meals in our commercial kitchen located at the former Kaune Elementary School for evacuees staying in hotels in Santa Fe county
- Providing snacks, hygiene items, and drinks to evacuees at shelters
- Additional Mobile Food Pantry deliveries to Mora and Las Vegas
- Pop Up food distributions at schools and libraries in Peñasco, Española, Taos, and Las Vegas
- Organizing community donation drives in partnership with organizations such as Del Norte Credit Union, Albertsons, Market Street, Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce, Market Street, State Farm Insurance, Rio Grande School, and others
The Santa Fe Community Foundation invited its Community Resiliency Fund nonprofit grantees to submit stories related to their wildfire relief efforts.