Sunday, March 29, 2020

Volunteer in Bernalillo, Valencia Counties During COVID-19 Crisis

On Saturday, we wrote about the statewide effort to help address the increasing food gaps in New Mexico during the health emergency caused by the outbreak of COVID-19. New Mexico First and Share New Mexico have put together a list of volunteer opportunites for residents of Bernalillo and Valencia Counties. 
The need for emergency food has hit a real crisis across New Mexico. Our children are the hungriest in the nation pre-pandemic and the situation is getting desperate for families, food banks, and food pantries statewide. 
The emergency food providers count on volunteers to achieve their missions. Most of those volunteers throughout the state are retirees and our elders are at particularly high-risk of illness rights now. Our emergency food programs throughout the state have pantries closing because of lack of volunteers. Food banks and pantries are practicing social distancing to keep volunteers, staff, and the community safe as they distribute food to hungry people.  Providers report 40-200% increases in families/individuals using services. We can all be a part of the solution.
  1. Volunteer (if you're healthy and able).
  2. Donate personal protective equipment (gloves and masks) to keep volunteers and the public healthy as food is shared.
  3. Donate boxes and bags.  Many emergency food providers have gone to drive through food distribution to limit contact and respond t the increased number of people using these community supports.
  4. Donate cleaning supplies. Shelters and pantries maintain high standards of cleanliness and safety but hoarding of cleaning supplies means that they cannot buy these needed items.
  5. Please give monetary donations to food banks and pantries to purchase large quantities of food and cover mileage and supplies to distribute food. Consider giving locally as well as finding a rural, frontier or Tribal community program to support as they have been particularly hard hit and experience food deserts during normal times.
  6. Help your neighbors. You can practice social distancing and continue to reach out to neighbors/community members who may be unable to leave their home and offer help with the basics.  You can call ahead and drop off needed items in their driveways. We all have something to offer each other.
Connect with our Emergency Food Providers
Roadrunner Food Bank provides food to the pantries in your community and in many other counties throughout the state. Call 505.247.2052 or email info@rrfb.orgDonate to Roadrunner Food Bank.
Food Pantries in Bernalillo County – Call First as the situation is rapidly changing.
Organization Name
Phone
Alamosa Health and Social Services Center
(505) 836-8800
Bernadette's Pantry
(505) 298-7557
Calvary Church Albuquerque
(505) 344-0880
Cathedral of St. John
(505) 247-1581
Church of God New Mexico
(505) 889-2939
CNM Mobile Food Pantry
(505) 224-4000 x53332
Comida Buena Food Pantry
(505) 262-6599
East Central Health and Social Services Center
(505) 767-5700
East Gate Church
(505) 296-7875
East Mountain Food Pantry
(505) 228-9593
First Bilingual Baptist Church
(505) 247-4781
First Unitarian Church
(505) 884-1801
Glory Christian Fellowship
(505) 275-9623
God's Warehouse
(505) 234-4251
God's Warehouse
(505) 242-3530
Grant Chapel A.M.E. Church
(505) 293-1300
Harvest Fellowship
(505) 899-0594
Heaven Bound Ministries
(505) 343-0544
Highland Baptist Church
(505) 256-1682
Holy Family Catholic Church
(505) 842-5426
Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal MI
505-247-2052
Iglesia Triunfante de Jesucristo
505-247-2052
John Marshall Health and Social Services Center
(505) 848-1345
Joshua's Vineyard
505-266-9828
La Mesa Presbyterian Church
(505) 247-2052
Liferoots Church
505-345-3836
Living Word Christian Outreach
(505) 873-8655
Los Griegos Health and Social Services Center
(505) 761-4050
Sandia Church of the Nazarene
505-881-0267
Montgomery Church of Christ
(505) 884-7926
New Beginnings Church
(505) 883-9079
New Mexico Dream Center
(505) 900-3833
Newsoul Church
(505) 831-5365
Pajarito Mesa Community Church of the Nazarene
(505) 702-1736
Praise and Worship Center
505-261-6241
Rio Grande Food Project
(505) 831-3778
Sacred Word Church
(505) 433-4814
San Jose Parish
(505) 242-3658
Second Presbyterian Church
(505) 242-8005
Silver Horizons New Mexico, Inc.
(505) 884-3881
South Albuquerque Cooperative Ministry (SACM)
(505) 877-0632
St. John XXIII Catholic Community
(505) 293-0376
St. John's United Methodist Church - Albuquerque
(505) 883-9717
St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church
(505) 345-8147
St. Vincent de Paul - Albuquerque Clearinghouse
(505) 346-1500
Steelbridge Resource Center
(505) 554-2780
Storehouse New Mexico
(505) 842-6491
Templo Roca de Salvacion
(505) 907-9084
The Salvation Army
(505) 355-0401
Triumph Centre at Bethel
(505) 822-8553
Valley Gospel Tabernacle
505-877-4890
Veterans Integration Centers (VIC) - Albuquerque
(505) 265-0512



Food Pantries in Valencia County – Call First

  Organization Name
Phone

Belen Area Food Pantry
505-358-0862

Belen First Assembly of God
(505) 864-4117

Belen MainStreet Partnership
505-864-8091

Christian Family Fellowship COG
(505) 463-3498

Los Lunas First Baptist Church
505-247-2052

Midwest NM Community Action Program (CAP)
(505) 865-9697

Peralta Memorial UMC
505-247-2052





If you have questions about other needs, you can search on the FREE SHARE New Mexico resource Directory at sharenm.org.
Wishing you safety, health, and the power of knowing we're in this together,
The team at New Mexico First and Share New Mexico

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Responding to Food Challenges in New Mexico During a Health Crisis

Chart: House Speaker Brian Egolf's Office
The outbreak of the COVID-19 virus has created many challenges around the country. In an attempt to slow the spread of the virus, municipalities and state-governments (including New Mexico) have ordered residents to stay home and have closed down non-essential businesses, schools, churches and other places where large numbers of people tend to gather.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued the stay-at-home order on March 23. As of March 27, the state had reported 191 cases  where patients have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the New Mexico Political Report

While the magnitude of the challenge is not as high here in New Mexico as it is in states like New York, Washington,  California, Michigan and Louisiana (among others), the need for social distancing is a necessary prescription to stem potential problems down the road, including the possibility of overtaxing our heath care system.

Finding Food
One of the biggest challenges for New Mexico and other states with high levels of food insecurity is ensuring that food is available to all residents. This is not necessarily an easy task. News of the crisis diminished food supplies around the state. The natural tendency to hoard food during a time of crisis means that items like canned goods and other non-perishables are not as readily available to the food banks.

“People are going out and purchasing a lot of the items that would typically come to the food bank.” Roadrunner Food Bank spokeswoman Sonya Warwick said in an interview with the Albuquerque Journal on March 22. 

Broad Coalition Discusses Strategy
Rep. Melanie Stansbury and New Mexico First have helped bring together a broad statewide coalition to help find solutions to our challenges and coordinate a response.

On March 27, Rep. Stansbury convened a meeting via telephone, in which about 50 people participated. Many participants were already involved in a broad movement  to craft and promote legislation to address hunger in our state in the near future and over the long term.

I won't name all the participants but want to note the participation of key players, including staff from Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and Rep. Deb Haaland and several state government agencies (Health, Public Education, Human Services, Indian Affairs) as well as Gov. Lujan Grisham's office.

State Reps. Phelps Anderson (Chaves, Lea & Roosevelt), Joy Garratt (Bernalillo) and Rudy Martinez (Doña Ana, Grant & Sierra) and representatives from Speaker Brian Egolf offce, as well as officials from the City of Albuquerque, and Grant County (Silver City) took part.

The food banks from around the state were represented, including Roadrunner Food Bank, the Food Depot (Santa Fe), ECHO (Four Corners), The Community Food Pantry (Gallup), and the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico (Clovis).  Other direct food providers also added their two cents to the conversation.

The rest of the participants included advocacy groups (New Mexico Appleseed and the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty), agriculture-related groups (the New Mexico Farmers Marketing Association and the New Mexico Food and Agriculture Policy Council). Ellen Buelow and I represented the Interfaith Hunger Coalition.

(Thank you to Lilly Irvin-Vitela from New Mexico First for taking great notes)!

 
Logo for The Community Pantry (Gallup)
A Great Job of Coordination
How did we coordinate all the input?

First, it was important to get the big picture and the challenges. This information came from the food banks and others engaged in direct service.

In addition to tight food supplies, the state's network of food banks has reported other challenges, such as a loss of traditional volunteers (many of whom are vulnerable seniors) and a reduction in operations for food-providing agencies (who are trying to keep employees and the public safe).

Furthermore, there are increased costs for transportation, a lack of sufficient cold storage capacity, the potential increase in demand due to an economic downturn, among other challenges. 

Moving Forward
After getting the big picture, the participants decided to create four task forces: 1) Volunteer Mobilization 2) Food Supply 3) Funding Coordination. 4) Coordinated Communication  You will be hearing more on each of these areas in the near future

Additionally, multiple efforts will be occurring simultaneously, such as connecting producers with food providers, creating support systems for local and tribal communities, tracking and consolidating information on what advocacy and other groups are doing.

The statewide response will be led by Patty Keane, Gov. Lujan Grisham's coordinator for hunger initiatives, with help from many other people.

Photo: Roadrunner Food Bank
How You Can Help Now
While specifics are still in the works for the broader effort, there are existing volunteer opportunities in place. Here are a couple of suggestions. Please Note: This is only a partial list.
Roadrunner Food Bank
Meals on Wheels (Albuquerque and Rio Rancho)
Meals on Wheels (Santa Fe)
Food Banks: ECHO in Farmington (505-326-3770), The Community Food Pantry in Gallup (505-726-8068), Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico in Clovis (575-763-6130), The Food Depot in Santa Fe (505-471-1633).

Stay Informed
Check out Resource and Information pages from 
Share New Mexico
Catholic Charities
City of Albuquerque
City of Las Cruces (Youth and Senior Citizens)
City of Santa Fe
State of New Mexico

Friday, March 20, 2020

Urban Way of the Cross: Physically Separated, Still a Community

Let’s stay spiritually connected while social distancing. Let’s remain grounded in faith, guided by the Spirit, and directed towards hope. We will continue to rise above the challenging times... -Loyola University, New Orleans
We have been asked to engage in social distancing during the current outbreak of COVID-19. This has forced us to abandon our traditional ways of practicing community. We have walked together, we have held hands during prayers, we have hugged and kissed each other on the cheek. Social distancing precludes all these practices.

Therefore, our traditional Good Friday Urban Way of the Cross in Albuquerque will not follow its usual format. Instead of walking on the streets of downtown to offer witness about the many ways in which we failed to follow the teachings of Jesus to love our neighbor, we will offer witness through social media.

Stay tuned for a series of reflections that we will post on this site on Holy Week. 

In the meantime, we offer these reflections to help us ponder, pray and hold each other in solidarity.

As always, those who are in poverty, those suffering from illness, immigrants, and/or refugees are the most likely to be severely impacted. These are, obviously, all groups of people Jesus calls on us to protect in Matthew 25 — always a core Gospel text for us that clearly relates to this growing health threat...Each of us has a personal responsibility to each other: to be prepared and to do what we can to minimize transmission of this virus.  -Rev. Jim Wallis, Sojourners

We are in the midst of a highly teachable moment. There’s no doubt that this period will be referred to for the rest of our lifetimes. We have a chance to go deep, and to go broad. Globally, we’re in this together. Depth is being forced on us by great suffering, which as I like to say, always leads to great love. -Father Richard Rohr, Center for Action and Contemplation

In times of national uncertainty, with all the unknowns about COVID-19 spread, there are a few things about which we can be certain.

That our prayers for God’s power, protection and presence are with those on the front lines of public health leadership and those who are isolated, sick or fearful.

That our nation has an essential role to play in public policy decisions that shape the health, security and well-being of people, throughout this country and the world, and that our vigilance and advocacy are required to hold our leaders accountable.

That as the ELCA we will not stand by when people are scapegoated, attacked or targeted based on race or ethnicity, which today means solidarity and presence with Asian and Pacific Americans and their communities.

That in Lent God invites us to renewal of faith and life, and at this moment of fear and uncertainty the church is charged with witnessing to a liberating spirituality that includes repentance, resistance and hope.  -Rev. Amy Reumann, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)

Saturday, March 14, 2020

House Bill Assists People Affected by COVID 19 Virus

This is not the actual video, just a screenshot. The link is below
Late on Friday evening, the House of Representatives approved the Families First Coronavirus Response Act by an overwhelming margin of 363-40. All three New Mexico House members supported HR6201. Here is a summary. In this video, Rep. Deb Haaland from New Mexico talks about the importance of this measure, which
💉 Guarantees free testing
👪 Provides paid leave
💵 Supports strong unemployment benefits
🍲 Expands food assistance

Prayer for a Pandemic


Friday, March 13, 2020

Interfaith Hunger Coalition Postpones March Meeting

Kurt Rager
Because of health concerns related to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, the steering committee of the Interfaith Hunger Coalition has postponed our next gathering, originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 24. We are working with our featured presenter, Kurt Rager, director of the Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-New Mexico, to reschedule the event later this year.

In addition to updates from Kurt about LAM-NM's legislative agenda for this year, we were also scheduled to review other legislative initiatives related to hunger. A representative from New Mexico Appleseed was scheduled to tell us about House Bill 10, which eliminated co-pays for school lunches and breakfasts for many low-income students.

This brief summary contains a couple of updates to the legislative summary sent on March 5, including an appropriations request for nonperishable food products for New Mexico food banks, and a correction to the item on child care assistance. (The original intent was to eliminate co-pays, but the allocation was insufficient to do so).

Responding to the Outbreak
We are tracking initiatives designed to ensure that the crisis response does not prevent anyone from continuing to have access to food. One major concern is that the closure of schools would leave students who rely on subsidized or free school lunches without access to food.  (This week, authorities announced that all schools in the state would be closed  for three weeks, starting on March 16)..

Local authorities are considering measures to ensure that children continue to have access to food. And  local agencies are doing what they can to assist in this effort. "Roadrunner Food Bank will continue food distributions at school sites as long the schools have staff that can continue them during the closures," said one food bank administrator. "Things are moving fast and new variables are happening every hour it seems. But, right now, our plan is continue distributions of food where we have partners that are willing and able to continue."

At the federal level, Rep. Deb Haaland of New Mexico is one of three legislators who introduced the Ensuring Emergency Food Security Act. Advocates around the country are asked to contact their federal representatives to support this initiative. (See Graphic Below).



Partner Events Postponed or Cancelled

The following events organized by or on behalf of our endorsing congregations or organizations have been cancelled or postponed.

March 13-14 (Postponed, Date TBA): What needed gifts do faith communities bring to climate action? A retreat with Dr. Larry Rasmussen hosted by New Mexico Interfaith Power and Light, First Congregational Church. Friday: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday: 9:00-12 Noon. Sliding scale donation according to means $10-$50 (no one turned away).

March 14 (Cancelled): Bread for the World-New Mexico
Offering of Letters, Saturday, March 14, All Saints Lutheran Church, 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 Noon. Here is more information.

March 28 (Cancelled): Circo for Community and Justice. Support the New Mexico Conference of Churches, enjoy music by the Peace Pipes and celebrate the awarding of the annual Turquoise Award to an outstanding community leader. At St. John's United Methodist Church. Get Tickets: $35 for individuals, $300 for table of 10.

No Announcement Yet on the Following Events (Watch for Updates)
April 4: Pull for the Pantry. A rowing and fitness fundraiser to benefit The Storehouse. Orangetheory Albuquerque Fitness -Westside. 6361 Riverside Plaza Ln, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87120. You can also “Pull for the Pantry” by forming your own team. Invite friends and family to sponsor you, and join us at Orangetheory Fitness to row 5 meters for every dollar you raise. Donate or Form a Team

April 21-23: 10th Annual Farm to Cafeteria Conference, hosted by National Farm to School Network and Farm to Table in New Mexico. Albuquerque Convention Center. More information here    Register now

June 24  Annual New Mexico KIDS Count Conference, hosted by New Mexico Voices for Children

Saturday, March 07, 2020

An Offering of Letters Workshop

Saturday, March 14, 2020

9:30-Noon
All Saints Lutheran Church
4800 All Saints Rd NW, NE. Albuquerque (map)

Lupe Conchas, Bread for the World's Southwest Regional Organizer, will provide an overview of this year's letter-writing campaign and answer all relevant questions. He will tell us how you can get more resources and information via regional webinars. He will also give us information about Bread for the World's Advocacy Summit and Lobby Day in Washington on June 8-10.



Thank you to Lucretia Tippit, Judy Messal and the team at All Saints Lutheran Church for hosting the event.

For more information contact breadnm@gmail.com

The Campaign
Last year, Bread focused our annual Offering of Letters campaign on global nutrition so mothers and children could get the foods they need to lead healthy and fulfilling lives. Because of your advocacy, both the House and Senate introduced its own versions of a Global Nutrition Resolution.

In 2020, we will again promote nutrition. In addition to continuing our advocacy work around global nutrition, we will also turn our attention to those experiencing hunger in the United States.
Read More   Get Toolkit    Powerpoint Presentation

Join Us!
These churches have set a date to hold an Offering of Letters this year: Albuquerque Mennonite Church, Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic CommunityAll Saints Lutheran Church, St. Paul Lutheran ChurchSt. Andrew Presbyterian Church.

Other congregations that have written letters in recent years and/or are committed to writing letters in 2020 are Central United Methodist Church, First Presbyterian Church (Albuquerque). First Presbyterian Church (Santa Fe), Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, La Mesa Presbyterian Church, Peace Lutheran Church (Las Cruces), Smith Memorial Presbyterian Church (Truchas), St. John XXIII Catholic Community, St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, St. Therese Little Flower Catholic Church, St. Timothy's Lutheran Church.

Tuesday, March 03, 2020

Promoting Anti-Hunger Legislation in a 30-Day Session

The Interfaith Hunger Coalition is part of a broad movement  to craft and promote legislation to address hunger in our state in the near future and over the long term. We spent weeks discussing a strategy to put forth a three-prong proposal with legislative initiatives that we thought had a chance of gaining approval in this year's 30-day session (which focused on budgetary matters).


One significant measure became law (eliminating lunch co-pays for low-income children), while other important initiatives received allocations via House Bill 2, the overall funding mechanism approved by the House, or by other means.
A few other measures proposed by organizations participating in our coalition were approved in committee or by one legislative body and not the other, and therefore were not enacted. The above picture, which includes some members of our broad coalition, was taken after a hearing of the Health and Human Services Committee, which approved House Bill 75 on a Do Pass basis.
Success Stories

1. Eliminating Reduced-Price Co-Payments for School Breakfast and Lunch Programs:
House Bill 10, co-sponsored by Rep. Melanie Stansbury and Rep. Willie Madrid, allocated $650,000 to the NM Public Education Department (NMPED). The measure would eliminate co-pays for almost 12,500 students at 185% of the federal poverty level. This measure, crafted by New Mexico Appleseed, was signed into law on March 3 by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. (See above picture).
2. New Mexico Grown Fruits and Vegetables for School Meals Program
$400,000 to the NM Public Education Department. This measure was included in House Bill 2.
3. Senate Memorial 3 and Senate Memorial 10 (sponsored by Sen. Nancy Rodriguez) passed:
Working group to develop recommendations to glean unharvested farm produce for food assistance programs (NMDA to host)

Working group to develop recommendations on donating school meals food to students (a food waste issue) (NMPED to host) 
4. New Mexico Food & Agriculture Omnibus Appropriations (House Bill 253Sponsored by Reps. Stansbury, Candy Sweetser, Gail Armstrong, Rebecca Dow, and Kelly Fajardo: The approval of this omnibus legislation sets a precedent for a broad anti-hunger measure (similar to the federal Farm Bill)  that our coalition hopes to promote in tje 2021 session. This initiative provided these important allocations.
- $150,000 to the New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) to develop and promote market opportunities for farmers, ranchers, and agribusiness in NM (key sponsor Representative Gail Armstrong)
- $200,000 to NMDA to assist the soil and water conservation districts
- $200,000 to the New Mexico State University for experimental station facilities
- $100,000 to the NMSU for 4-H programs

5. -$1.485 million for HSD to create a "Heat and Eat" assistance program for 68,000 families eligible for SNAP benefits was funded at the level requested by the executive.

6. -$3.7 million for HSD to upgrade Employment and Training Program for SNAP recipients who are able-bodied adults without dependents was funded. This would prevent 27,000 New Mexicans from losing SNAP benefits.

7. Child Care Assistance
- The budget is $5 million greater than last year's operating budget. This is far less than the $20 million requested by the executive budget.The increase allows eligibility to remain at current levels, and allow for some increases in enrollment.

8. The Legislative Hunger Caucus
The Legislative Hunger Caucus, convened by Rep. Joanne Ferrary and Rep. Melanie Stansbury, held its first meeting during the session. Several representatives and one senator were present at the Jan. 31 meeting, including Rep. Natalie Figueroa of Albuquerque, Rep. Phelps Anderson of Roswell, Rep.  Dan Baronne of Taos, Rep. Stansbury of Albuquerque, Rep. Karen Bash of Albuquerque, Rep. Ferrary of Las Cruces and Sen. Bill Tallman of Albuquerque. The caucus was launched publicly on Feb. 6 with brief speeches from Rep. Ferrary and Rep. Rebecca Dow of Truth or Consequences. The caucus will discuss potential anti-hunger issues to bring before the State Legislature.


 Good News, Bad News
1. TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) Transition Bonus -The budget appropriates $1.8 million to this program, but instead of the general fund dollars requested by the executive, it uses federal dollars. "This is problematic and unworkable, because the federal funds will place TANF reporting requirements on program participants which are difficult to comply with when you have a full time job," said Tim Davis of the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty. "This means the program will be difficult to administer and will likely result in a low participation rate."

2. No allocations were approved for the New Mexico Grown Fruits and Vegetables for Senior Meal Programs and for the expansion of the New Mexico Senior Market Nutition Program via House Bill 2. However, the House and Senate unanimously approved the Kiki Saavedra Senior Dignity Fund (House Bill 225)
, which could provide some funding for these senior nutrition programs.

Almost There
A number of important measures proposed by our coaltion did not get a full vote on the floor, although some were approved in committee.These initiatives are likely to come up again in the 2021 session or funded through other vehicles.

1. House Bill 75 and House Memorial 6 would have allocated $200,000 to the Human Services Department (HSD) to develop a Hunger Task Force to study hunger, malnutrition, food production and distribution in our state.

2. House Bill 69  proposed $100,000 for pilot program to fight college hunger.

3.  House Bill 340 requested $500,000 for nonperishable food product for New Mexico Food Banks. Reported by  Health and Human Services Committee with Do Pass recommendation. Sent to House Appropriations and Finance Committee.

4. According to New Mexico Voices for Children, it appears that a request for $200,000 for Tax Help New Mexico was not included in the final budget. The measure would have restored funding for tax preparation help fro people of low income.
Other important measures
House Bill 148  to increase the Working Families Tax Credit passed the house floor. The final vote in the House was 45-23.The measure went to the Senate Finance Committee, which took no action.
Other important measures
House Bill 148  to increase the Working Families Tax Credit passed the house floor. The final vote in the House was 45-23.The measure went to the Senate Finance Committee, which took no action.

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Interfaith Hunger Coalition's February Meeting

See You on Tuesday!
We look forward to seeing you at our bimonthly meeting this Tuesday, February 25, at 12:00 Noon, First Presbyterian Church, I-25 and Martin Luther King Blvd.  We are fortunate to have two great guest presenters:


Patty Keane
Hunger Initiatives Coordinator, Office of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham. She will offer an update on the governor's initiatives on child hunger and on overall food insecurity.  Here is a short bio.



Mercy Alarid  
Senior Partnership Specialist, NM & UT, U.S. Census Bureau-Denver Region. She will speak on the importance of having an accurate census count for New Mexico. An accurate count ensures that our state receives its rightful share of funding for social and infrastructure programs that are underwritten by the federal government, including Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. More in this article from the Albuquerque Jounal

March Meeting
Tuesday, March 24  Kurt Rager just completed his first legislative session in his capacity as director of the Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-New Mexico. He will tell us which of LAM-NM's legislative priorities succeeded. The meeting will be held at our First Presbyterian Church. Please Note: The starting time of the meeting has been moved back to 12:30 p.m. instead of our usual time at Noon. It will be held in the Fellowship Hall.

Hunger 101
We are planning a Hunger 101 Workshop in partnership with Chavurat Hamidbar-Fellowship in the Desert More details later.

Partner Events
March 13-14: What needed gifts do faith communities bring to climate action? A retreat with Dr. Larry Rasmussen hosted by New Mexico Interfaith Power and Light, First Congregational Church. Friday: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday: 9:00-12 Noon. Sliding scale donation according to means $10-$50 (no one turned away). Register Here

March 14:
Bread for the World Offering of Letters, Saturday, March 14, All Saints Lutheran Church, 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 Noon. Here is more information.

March 28: Circo for Community and Justice. Support the New Mexico Conference of Churches, enjoy music by the Peace Pipes and celebrate the awarding of the annual Turquoise Award to an outstanding community leader. At St. John's United Methodist Church. Get Tickets: $35 for individuals, $300 for table of 10.