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Annual Neighbor to Neighbor Food Drive goes virtual 

By The Food Depot

SANTA FE — The ninth annual Neighbor to Neighbor Food Drive will be a virtual fund drive due to COVID-19 at The Food Depot’s website, now through Saturday, Sept. 19.


Donations are a vital piece of The Food Depot’s work during this public health crisis. People accessing food assistance has increased since March. Operating expenses to meet this need in The Food Depot’s nine county service area.

“The Neighbor to Neighbor event is such a fun and easy way to get involved. While we wish we could come together in person, this is the safest for everyone involved. We hope people will join and support us virtually,” said Sherry Hooper, executive director of The Food Depot.

Sign up must be completed at to participate in the annual, friendly competition between businesses and neighborhoods by Friday, Sept. 11. Awards will be given to the top donors in their category once all donations have been tallied.

Out of an abundance of caution for those receiving food, staff and volunteers, The Food Depot is not accepting food or other in-person donations at this time. Financial support of any amount is greatly appreciated during this time. The Food Depot is taking every precaution to keep our staff, volunteers and those who receive food from The Food Depot as safe as possible.

Overall, The Food Depot has seen a steady climb in the number of people seeking food assistance since the public health crisis began and expects the increased need to continue in the coming months due to a recent report from Feeding America.

Visit to learn more.

About The Food Depot

The Food Depot fosters healthy communities by engaging a network of partners and developing solutions to create a hunger-free northern New Mexico. As the food bank for nine counties, The Food Depot provides hunger relief to over 34,500 people experiencing hunger. The Food Depot addresses the crisis of hunger through a combination of drive-thru mobile food pantries, three direct service programs, and support of a network of over 145 partner nonprofit programs. Since January 2020, The Food Depot provided an average of 725,000 meals each month to people in need — the most vulnerable of our community — children, seniors, working families, and those in ill health.

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