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12.07.06

New Mexico Food Banks in a Crunch

Getting food to those in need is becoming a little more difficult in New Mexico. 

The Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico received word they will not be able to distribute commodity food to low-income families until February.

Food Banks are supplied largely through government commodity programs that get the food from surplus from farmers.

However, new government programs and improved technologies have decreased the amount of surplus farmers are producing. 

The New Mexico Food Association of Food Banks delivers food to 42 sites through the federal commodity emergency food assistance program. Deliveries are usually monthly, but the association has informed banks that the next delivery will not take place until early next year.

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