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Editorial: Plenty of chances to give in NM

Today is Giving Tuesday, a day set aside for charitable giving during the holiday season. It offers a reminder that after days of getting great deals – Black Friday, Cyber Monday – there are many opportunities for giving. Check out givingtuesday.org or your favorite charity for how and what to donate so those in need get the most bang for your bucks.

But giving shouldn’t stop when the clock hits midnight tonight. There are plenty of ways to give in New Mexico, not just today, but throughout the holidays. The Albuquerque Journal is spotlighting some with the Help for the Holidays series, which kicked off this past Sunday.

The series spotlights areas in which community members can reach out to neighbors in need. On Sunday, the Journal highlighted efforts of groups addressing the hunger need in the community, a big need indeed.

According to the spring 2018 Map the Meal Gap report from Feeding America, New Mexico ranks at the top in childhood hunger. Approximately one in four children are dealing with food insecurities. Overall, 328,000 – 16 percent – of New Mexicans are at risk of being hungry.

Roadrunner Food Bank, Storehouse New Mexico and St. Felix Pantry are three of the groups trying to address the problem, and all need your help. They can use donations of food, cash, and volunteer time and energy to help with the distribution of food. Ways you can best help are in The Sunday Journal of Nov. 25 and ABQJournal.com.

Watch for installments of the Help for the Holidays series in future Sunday Journals to find out how you can best assist other areas of need in our community.

This editorial first appeared in the Albuquerque Journal. It was written by members of the editorial board and is unsigned as it represents the opinion of the newspaper rather than the writers.

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