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BernCo Launches Regional Effort to Help Those Impacted by Hurricane Harvey

08/30/2017

Bernalillo County is partnering with Roadrunner Food Bank to provide much needed assistance and relief to the thousands affected by Hurricane Harvey. The community is asked to participate in the donation drive that will run through the entire month of September.

The most needed items include:

  • Hand-held snacks (granola bars, crackers, pretzels)
  • Ready-to-eat items (beef jerky, trail mix, dried fruit, boxed cereal)
  • Shelf-stable pantry items (peanut butter, canned foods, and can openers)
  • Bottled water
  • Cleaning supplies (bleach, non-bleach, paper towels, etc.)
  • Personal hygiene items (toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, etc.)

Please do not donate clothing, as that is not an item needed at this time.

“The devastation of Hurricane Harvey is almost beyond comprehension and as a neighboring state of Texas it is deeply felt by our own community,” states County Manager Julie Morgas Baca. “Bernalillo County will do all that we can to help, support and pray for our neighbors in need.”

“During disaster response, our role is to help channel the wonderful generosity of people in our state in ways it will do the most good for recovery efforts. We encourage the community to contribute by giving funds or food,” says Melody Wattenbarger, President and CEO of Roadrunner Food Bank. “Food banks in Texas have told us the easiest way our community can take action is by donating funds directly to any of the food banks in the affected areas. Please visit www.rrfb.org for links to food banks in Texas providing direct disaster response.”

Donation drop-off sites are located throughout the county and will gladly accept the community’s donations:

  • All BernCo community centers
  • County Commission/County Manager's Office, One Civic Plaza, 10th floor
  • Treasurer's Office, One Civic Plaza, basement level
  • County Clerk/Court of Wills, Estates and Probate, One Civic Plaza, 6th floor
  • BernCo offices at Union Square Building, 111 Union Square St. SE, 1st floor
  • Public Works Division, 2400 Broadway Blvd. SE, Building N
  • BernCo Sheriff's South Area Command, 2039 Isleta Blvd. SW
  • BernCo Sheriff's North Area Command, 6900 4th St. NW
  • Deputy James McGrane Public Safety Complex, 48 Public School Road, Tijeras
  • BernCo Fire Station #30, 6697 4th St. NW, Los Ranchos
  • BernCo Fire Station #33, 3909 Barcelona SW

Please visit www.BernCo.gov/Harvey for more information about the donation drive including drop-off location details and times, donating to the American Red Cross and updates on the most needed items.

Visit www.rrfb.org to find additional details about donating funds directly to the food banks impacted by the disaster and their response to it.

The community can also reach the BernCo information hotline at (505) 468-7777, Monday – Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., or via email to ContactCenter@bernco.gov.

Roadrunner is part of a national network of food banks known as Feeding America and is called upon during disasters to assist and collect food and funds to help in recovery efforts. Food collected as part of this disaster relief effort will be held in reserve by Roadrunner Food Bank until requested by food banks in the affected areas. Any remaining food items unable to be used for this recovery effort will be distributed through Roadrunner’s statewide hunger-relief network made up of hundreds of partner organizations.

Note: As an emergency food responder, Roadrunner is unable to accept clothing donations attached to this relief effort.

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