CLOVIS, NM - Nearly one out of every seven New Mexico residents don't get enough to eat. That's according to the US Department of Agriculture.
Director of the Eastern New Mexico Food Bank Nancy Taylor says one in five school children in their area are hungry. Many families have to travel 35 miles just to get to a convenience store.
The food bank is in the middle of their holiday canned food drive and Taylor tells us, this haul is crucial. Food collected between now and Christmas needs to last for the next 6 months.
We're told that's when people usually start to donate again.
"Right after Christmas, everyone has dug in their pockets and they have empty pockets. Around Valentines you may have a few small donations. Then its tax time and people worry about if they are going to have enough to pay for taxes." said Taylor.
Saturday, the food bank will host a food run with the High Plains Harley Davidson and other area businesses.