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At present, CdP's emergency food program operates through a number of separate projects. At its central Las Cruces Pantry at the Community of Hope Campus, Casa de Peregrinos operates three separate programs, the Food Security, our core project (see below); Summer Food (benefiting school-age children and their families), and the Homeless Program. The biggest of these, serving over 17,000 clients in 2017 is the Food Security Program. Here is how it works.
Food Security Project
Three days a week—Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, from 9 to 11 AM and from 1 to 3 PM, CdP opens its doors to the hungry of Las Cruces.
What Clients Receive
Food at the pantry comes from Roadrunner Food Bank, as rescued food from our partner grocery stores, and from donations. As a result, the baskets vary depending what is in stock. Clients receive an average of 80 pounds of food per distribution, of which approximately 30% to 50% is fresh food. Baskets include canned goods and staples, good sources of protein, canned goods, dairy products and bakery products.
How It Works
Here's the way a new client receives help from CdP.
Step 1. Walking through the door, "Gloria" (who's just lost her job) checks in at our reception window and speaks with an intake specialist.
Step 2. After providing the requested information, Gloria takes a seat in the lobby until called for her private interview (right). Afterward, she returns to the lobby to wait for her groceries.
Step 3. Meanwhile, a volunteer in the warehouse area picks up her order sheet, noting specifics about the people to be served by Gloria's distribution. After preparing her a cart of groceries, the volunteer wheels it out to the lobby, where Gloria receives it and goes on her way.
That would be quick service and a happy client, which on a good day our volunteers can pull off pretty much as described.
Sometimes, though, the wait may be lengthy. Perhaps we were long on clients and short on volunteers that day...or food was scarce...or the “good stuff” ran out too quickly.
Nobody likes that, neither clients nor volunteers. But our pantry operates in a world of growing demand and diminishing resources. Even so, we’ve been upgrading our distributions.
Perhaps you’d like to become one of those volunteers yourself? If so, do give us a call at (575-523-5542) to learn how your interests might match our needs.
Thanks for dropping by!