The National Center for Frontier Communities is proud to present our Health Impact Assessment on Improving the Quality and Quantity of Food in Southwest New Mexico Food Pantries.
Our initial aim was to address the underlying policies and formulas that determine commodity food distribution at New Mexico food pantries in an effort to change them to more accurately reflect the number of people in need in our rural and frontier areas. Through the process we interviewed over 500 commodity food recipients, monitored the quantity and nutritional content of the foods being delivered in 4 counties and made some foundational recommendations to improve the food distribution system.
Many thanks to Susan Wilger, Lisa Jimenez, Ben Rasmussen, the Southwest New Mexico Food Policy Council, Road Runner Food Banks and many, many others who gave their time, effort, knowledge and expertise to this project. You can download the executive summary and the full report below.