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Is Gallup Feeding the Hungry?
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Care 66 is a nonprofit located at 407 West Highway 66. “CARE” stands for “Career Area Resource Enterprise, Inc.” Consisting on two different sections; this facility houses veterans, the chronically homeless, and those addicted to drugs. One section houses individuals who need assistance with drug and alcohol problems and provides them with a place to live during the process. The other section is considered to be “permanent” housing. Those that live at Care 66 are provided with three meals a day, counseling, and mentoring. The only thing asked in return is help cleaning, cooking, and full effort within their recovery. Care 66 takes donations and welcomes volunteers.
The Community Pantry is located at 1130 Hassler Valley Rd. Founded in 1999 by Jim Harlin and Tom Crider, the Community Pantry is an integral part within our community and its fight against homelessness. It began as a tiny building and now consists of a huge pantry area for donations, donation drop off area, and area for distribution of donations to other organizations, offices for the employees, as well as a big garden to grow produce for donation. Gallup’s food pantry provides for all of Northwestern New Mexico with a “sister” pantry in Grants, NM that provides for Cibola County. Below is a list of the programs and a description of them from the Community Pantry’s website.
Free Produce: This program links fresh produce and perishables gleaned in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas to our community every week. Free to all clients – available Tuesday through Friday.
The Emergency Food Box – Provides families with up to two week’s worth of food up to four times a year. This food is raised in the community through food drives by the Confirmation Classes and the Letter Carriers.
Food For Kids (FFK) – The FFK program helps reduce food insecurity for school children. In the 20 schools we are currently serving (16 in McKinley, 4 Cibola), 480 children who might well go hungry over the weekend are provided with nutritious food.
The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) – Distributes food commodities to approximately 1500 families a month.
The Agency Program – This program distributes Feeding America food and other food available to local non-profit agencies and churches for free distribution among their own clients.
The food pantry also collects donations and is open for receiving donations Tuesday - Friday from 8 am - 5 pm.
Casa San Martin is a soup kitchen as well as overnight shelter for homeless people located on the North Side of Gallup, NM. This kitchen is run by the Missionaries of Charity, a Catholic organization. The women in charge of the program are nuns associated with the Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. At Casa San Martin dinner is served at 4 pm until about 6 pm. Visitors can choose to help set up the dining area, wash the dishes, or clean the dining area if they wish to stay the night. Those that stay the night are given a place to shower and sleep for the night. The sisters provide breakfast in the morning. Prayers are said at night and in the morning, sometimes masses are held or novenas (nine day prayer chains). The sisters are on a first name basis with almost all of the people that come in and even have some inside jokes with a few of them. I have volunteered here on multiple occasions and find it invigorating to see that these women really do seem to care about the people that they are feeding.
Every shelter or soup kitchen within Gallup is helping to impact our town’s homeless situation. All shelters are open to volunteers as well as donations. Below are the names, numbers, and addresses of multiple pantries, shelters, and soup kitchens within Gallup. Please call before bringing donations or going to volunteer. This is simply to ensure that there are not too many volunteers for a conducive working environment or that there is a need for certain donations at the moment.
The Community Pantry - 1130 Hassler Valley Rd. (505)726-8068
Care 66 - 407 West Highway 66. (505)722-0066
Casa San Martin - (no physical address listed, located on the North Side, near Saint Francis of Assisi Church) (505)722-5261
Little Sisters of the Poor - 1900 Mark Ave. (505)863-6894
Na'nizhoozi Center, Inc. - 2205 Boyd Ave. (505)722-2177
Last Week's Poll Results!
Last week we asked Ambush! readers if they believe Gallup is trying to address the homelessness issue and it was a tie. 50% of Ambush! Poll takers said yes and 50% said no.