Laboratory employees contributed money and muscle in the form of donations and community service hours to Northern New Mexico food bank, The Food Depot. The nonprofit has faced unprecedented need in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Courtesy/LANL
The Food Depot distributes an estimated 6.2 million pounds of food each year. Courtesy/LANL
Los Alamos National Laboratory employees donated $41,723 to The Food Depot as part of their annual food drive last week, estimated to provide more than 166,000 meals to Northern New Mexicans facing food insecurity.
Laboratory employees also have contributed 233 community service hours to the organization in the last 12 months.
“In the past year, The Food Depot has experienced a 30 percent increase in the number of Northern New Mexicans needing their services,” Laboratory Director Thom Mason said. “I am pleased to know that Laboratory employees have risen to the occasion with their donations and community service.”
Headquartered in Santa Fe, The Food Depot serves nine counties in Northern New Mexico: Los Alamos, Colfax, Harding, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Santa Fe, Taos and Union.
“The Food Depot is so grateful to be able to translate Los Alamos National Laboratory’s support into meals for those experiencing hunger,” Executive Director Sherry Hooper said. “Such partnerships are truly what make our community stronger. Thank you for demonstrating such commitment and concern.”
Due to COVID-19 concerns, The Food Depot is not accepting donations of groceries at this time and respectfully asks for your financial contributions instead. Donate here: https://www.thefooddepot.org/donate-to-general-operations/. If you are healthy and able, consider volunteering by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Los Alamos National Laboratory (www.lanl.gov)
Los Alamos National Laboratory, a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security, is managed by Triad, a public service oriented, national security science organization equally owned by its three founding members: Battelle Memorial Institute (Battelle), the Texas A&M University System (TAMUS), and the Regents of the University of California (UC) for the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration.
Los Alamos enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.
About The Food Depot
The Food Depot knows that hunger remains a constant in the lives of many New Mexicans. At present, one in three New Mexico children is at risk of hunger, as is one in five adults. The Food Depot is ending hunger in Northern New Mexico by providing food to a network of more than 145 partner nonprofit agencies throughout nine counties, including food pantries, meal programs, homeless shelters, youth programs, and senior centers.