The Cruelest Cuts," Santa Fe-based author Mark Winne wrote about how proposed cuts in food stamps and other federal nutrition programs would greatly increase the need for families to resort to an already overextended agency like The Storehouse.
For generations, The Storehouse has been a lifeline for many local families. So reports earlier this year that the agency was facing financial problems and a very uncertain future, created significant concerns in this community. Fortunately, a solution was found in May of this year, when the Adelante Development Center agreed to take over management of the operation. The move was a success. While not yet out of the woods, The Storehouse seems to be in a recovery mode, thanks to the efforts of Krista Kelley and other members of the Adelante & The Storehouse staffs. I reprinted a couple of articles (including tbe accompanying photographs) from a recent newsletter from The Storehouse, which offer more details about the transition and a positive outlook for the operation. (A third article, about founder Titus Scholl will be reprinted later).
The Storehouse has undergone quite
a few changes over the past few
months. Fortunately that change has
brought growth and stability, and possibly
kept us from shutting our doors
for good. With timely assistance from
Adelante Development Center, there
is very real hope now that the organization
can continue its vital mission.
with Adelante has been remarkable," said Storehouse board chairJennifer James."The support they have given us has been lifesaving. We are thankful every day for
all they have done and continue to do in helping us achieve our core mission in
feeding New Mexico’s hungry.”
While The Storehouse
still needs more public support, efforts to restore The Storehouse to a viable long-term
organization have made measurable progress since April, said Krista Kelley, vice president of development at Adelante.
“The immediate prospect of closing down is no longer such a threat, but The
Storehouse is not out of danger yet. Adelante is working to diversify revenue
streams as well as community programming, but we are still very much in need
of public support before we can consider the agency on solid ground for the long
term. In the meantime, we are finding ways to carry out our mission more efficiently.”
The Storehouse is once again on the right track, and steadily becoming
better equipped to handle growing numbers of hungry New Mexicans.
Even so, our state leads the country in food insecurity, and we are ranked second
in the nation for poverty. How much worse would it have been for Albuquerque
if The Storehouse had not been there for the past 38 years attacking hunger on the
front lines? The organization now supports over 71,000 people in and around Albuquerque
with the food and support they need to make life work. But more can
be done, and with the help of our very generous donors and volunteers, it will be.
Hunger knows few boundaries, and with The Storehouse regaining its strength
as an organization, fewer New Mexicans fight a losing battle. There is still reason for hope.
Adelante Development Center Lends a Helping Hand
Over the course of the following year, the organization
experienced a “double whammy”, as hunger and poverty in New
Mexico rose to new highs and greater demands were placed on
The Storehouse’s already dwindling budget for operations.
According to Jennifer James,
Board Chair for The Storehouse,
“Just running the pantry, and
getting the food and provisions
to people in need takes a lot
of time and effort. When
donations started to dry up,
our budget started to atrophy
very quickly. Eventually we were
looking at shutting down, which
would have been catastrophic
for so many in and around
By early 2014, The Storehouse board had approached Adelante
with the prospect of working together to keep such a vital,
life-saving organization from shutting its doors. By April,
a management agreement had been finalized – Adelante
would provide immediate operational, administrative and
developmental support, and would ultimately manage the entire
In May, Adelante organized a press conference to announce the
new management structure to the general public, with an appeal
for donations at a time when The Storehouse had only a few
weeks of operational funding remaining. “It’s critical that The
Storehouse remain in the community,” said Mike Kivitz, CEO of
Adelante. “Our community would not be the same without The
Storehouse, and it was a natural for Adelante to step in because
The Storehouse is also a source of food, work and and volunteerism
for the people with disabilities that we serve.”