Hundreds show up for monthly food bank

Posted at: 10/29/2013 7:00 PM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Hundreds of people waited outside Holy Family Parish in the South Valley Tuesday morning.

Once a month, the Roadrunner Food Bank of New Mexico drives their mobile food pantry throughout the state feeding those in need.

But the South Valley church stands out because of how many people they help.

"I just, I really don't care what we get. It's just, I want to be able to make a staple dinner for my children," said Monica Trujillo.

Trujillo said providing meals for her kids has been difficult. "It's hard to say no to them when we don't have it," added Trujillo. 

Her story is a familiar one for many people. She lives pay check to pay check and gets help from the government. 

"When it started four or five years ago, they were serving like 15, 20 families and now they are serving hundreds," said Sonya Warwick, who's with the food bank.

About 30 percent of the food bank's 40,000 clients that get help from them also get food stamps. 

Trujillo said sometimes there's a feeling of failure or guilt when getting help but not here. "You want to carry your pride and, you know, things like that so I'm really grateful that there's people out there to help people like us that need help," added Trujillo.