Community helps food bank receive grant

Community helps food bank receive grant

CLOVIS, N.M. (KFDA) - The Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico has met its goal in raising funds for a challenge grant awarded from the Carl C. Anderson Sr. and Marie Jo Anderson Charitable Foundation.

The foundation will award the Food Bank a matching grant of $20,000. The Food Bank was able to raise the matching $20,000 within the Clovis and Portales communities from businesses, organizations, individual and anonymous donors.  The Food Bank was able to raise the funds just in time to meet the Nov. 11 deadline.

Local supporters include: Circle of Love Ministries and the Stanfield Family, Desayuno Kiwanis Club of Clovis, Citizens Bank, Glen and Yvette Howl, Scarlett Ladies Red Hat Society, Salud and Angie Tirado, Julia Gonzales, Dairy Farmers of America, Clovis Rotary Club, PEO Chapter AY and the Kiwanis Club of Portales.

The grant and matching funds will be earmarked for the Backpack Program and new Feeding Families pantry program.

"The Food Bank and its Board of Directors would like to extend their gratitude to all of the donors who made this grant possible," said Food Bank Board President Kathryn Shafer. "The grant will allow us to not only continue our Backpack Program, but also increase our ability to feed more families in need."

The Food for Kids Weekend Backpack provides weekend food bags for over 400 students in 16 schools in Portales, Clovis and Texico, while the new pilot pantry program will provide 70 families in Clovis and Portales with monthly food boxes this school year.

Last school year, Food Bank volunteers and staff assembled and distributed more than 15,000 bags of food for the Backpack Program.

For more information contact the Food Bank at 575-763-6130 or email

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