Hobbs Backpack Program
It’s Sunday night and you are hungry. When was your last meal? A few hours ago? Yesterday?
What if it was Friday at lunchtime?
Many of the children in our community don’t have to imagine, this is their reality every Sunday night! These children face an entire weekend of little to no food in their homes.
New Mexico is number one in the country for child food insecurity. 23% of Lea County’s children are food insecure and 29% of these children do not qualify for any federal aid.
The Weekend Hunger Initiative (WHI) Hobbs began delivering bags of food to Hobbs students on September 13, 2013. We began with 120 children and now, we are feeding 500 children every weekend! WHI solely focuses on the weekend nutritional needs of children in Hobbs. We are the centralized contact point for referrals, we supply the location to pack the backpacks and provide assistance to partner organizations.
Hobbs is in a prosperous time, but many families are finding it difficult to live here. Rent has increased dramatically; utilities, food and gas have all gone up. For the first time that I personally can remember, our working poor, even some of our middle class cannot afford to live in Hobbs!
These children do not have any choices; they can’t drive themselves to the store for food or even ask for help. Many of them have parents who are working, but just don’t make enough to make ends meet. These children need a hand up!
They need our help. They need your help.
Please do not hesitate to contact WHI if you have questions or concerns. If you would like to help with food, our menu list is:3 (7.5 oz) Entrée cans:Vienna sausagesChef Boy Ardees 2 Fruit Cups 2 Pudding Cups 2 Pop tart packages2 Snacks
If you would like to help financially please contact us or send your help to:WHI Hobbs4008 N. Grimes #275Hobbs, NM 88240 Clay MartinExecutive Director firstname.lastname@example.org Leslie Pfalzgraf Vice President & Community Liaisonleslie.email@example.com 575-441-2732 https://www.facebook.com/hobbsbackpackprogram