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“We’re honored to come alongside Roadrunner Food Bank, with this donation,” said Victor R. Jury Jr., Summit president and CEO. “We operate warehouses ourselves, and understand how important this type of infrastructure can be.”
Food Bank staff estimates the racking will create up to 260 additional pallet locations for food storage. Food is primarily now stacked on pallets on the warehouse floor.
Improving storage will be helpful as the food bank faces its most vulnerable season – summer.
“The need is highest in the summer, in part because kids who qualified for free or reduced priced meals at school no longer have access to those meals in the summer months. Families have to come up with additional meals that they often struggle to provide,” explained Melody Wattenbarger, Roadrunner’s president and CEO.
“Pallet racking is essential for us,” she explained. “Right now much of our food is stored on pallets on our warehouse floor. The vertical storage that pallet racking provides gives us more storage and this allows us to obtain more food. Having more food benefits the hungry people we serve.”
To brace for the summer months, the National Association of Letter Carriers, the Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, the U.S. Postal Service and other partners will take part in the “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive on Saturday, May 14. The food drive is the largest in the nation benefiting hunger relief organization throughout the U.S. In Albuquerque, food collected benefits Roadrunner Food Bank. To donate on May 14, fill a bag of non-perishable food and leave it near the mailbox for pick up prior to the mail arriving on May 14.