I am writing today to announce the closure of the New Mexico Independent. After three and a half years of operation in New Mexico, the board of the American Independent News Network, has decided to shift publication of its news…
Hunger in New Mexico on the rise
Almost 40,000 New Mexicans look for help in getting enough to eat each week, according to a study by the New Mexico Association of Food Banks and an organization called Feeding America. Forty percent of the folks getting help are children under the age of 18; 13 percent are elderly. That sobering data about hunger comes as the Legislature is debating whether to make cuts in the state budget or to raise enough tax revenue to keep state programs and services at their current funding level.
“We continue to see growing numbers of children dealing with hunger in New Mexico,” Sherry Hooper, executive director of the Food Depot in Santa Fe, said in a statement released Tuesday.
“We know that poor nutrition impacts a child’s ability to thrive and learn effectively. As a state, we must focus on how we can provide access to healthy food for every child in New Mexico.”
Here are other data released by the group, in advance of the report being put online:
- 54 percent of surveyed clients report having to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities or heating fuel.
- 38 percent had to choose between paying for food and paying their rent or mortgage.
- 45 percent had to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical care.
- 42 percent had to choose between paying for food and paying for transportation.