New cartoon highlights hunger issues

Posted at: 11/12/2012 7:20 PM
By: Joseph Lynch, KOB Eyewitness News

One of the best known and biggest helpers of New Mexico's hungry is the Roadrunner Food Bank. Now they have a new cartoon to let people know just how bad the problem is for local children and their families, and how they can help.

"Hungry Kate" is a character created by another food bank in the midwest to bring awareness to hunger. It has been modified to show just how big the need is around New Mexico. Sonya Warwick of Roadrunner Food Bank said if people see it, it will work.

"The fact that there are children and families that who do not have enough on a regular basis to eat, on a weekly basis to eat, or a monthly basis to eat. So they are making tough decisions," Warwick said.

The animated story goes through the tough situation for Kate and her family. A similar situation that many around New Mexico find themselves in. Warwick said that even those getting help say that sometimes it's still not enough.

"On average it only lasts about 2, 3 weeks. So those families are stuck trying to figure out how they're going to make the rest of that month work," Warwick said.

Roadrunner has mobile food pantries in 13 counties around the state. They always need money and volunteers to keep helping the needy. Warwick says that number seems to grow, not shrink.

"I'm always shocked at the people. The types of people that are needing access to food. More and more it's people that look just like you and me. It's not just your average homeless person either," Warwick said.

Roadrunner Food Bank's website is located at http://www.rrfb.org/.