ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — This week, those who live on Navajo Nation land in New Mexico, primarily in McKinley and San Juan counties, but also on tribal lands in other counties, have been receiving some relief in the form of major food donations.
Roadrunner Food Bank spokeswoman, Sonya Warwick, said the food bank was helping to coordinate two tractor trailer loads of food from United Natural Foods Inc., one of North America’s largest food wholesalers.
The trailers of food, delivered to Roadrunner’s Albuquerque warehouse earlier in the week, were sorted into 2,000 food boxes containing a variety of items for families. The boxes were then delivered to sister food banks, Community Pantry in Gallup, Echo Food Bank in Farmington, and other partners, for distribution.
Each of the trailers can hold 30,000 to 40,000 pounds of food, Warwick said.
Among the donated items are nonperishable and shelf-stable items, such as black beans, pinto beans, cans of tuna, oatmeal, steel cut oats, pancake mix and syrup, cereal, marinara sauce, canned mandarin oranges, powdered milk, pastas and soup.
The estimated value of the two trailer loads of donated food is between $260,000 and $300,000, Warwick said.
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