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‘Food for Love’ concert to benefit NM food banks

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Jackson Browne, Lyle Lovett, David Byrne, The Chicks, Nathaniel Rateliff, Steve Earle and Elle King.

These are a few of the more than 50 artists that will participate in the “Food for Love” virtual concert on Feb. 13, which will benefit food banks in New Mexico.

Santa Fe resident Elle King will participate in the “Food for Love” virtual concert raising money for New Mexico food banks. (Courtesy of Dennis Leupold)

The COVID-19 pandemic and associated record unemployment have exacerbated New Mexico’s hunger issue.

More and more families are caught between paying overdue bills or putting food on the table.

As one in three New Mexico children and one in five adults face food insecurity, New Mexico’s food banks are struggling to keep up with the overwhelming need.

“It has been an absolute privilege to work with the ‘Food for Love’ organizing committee – such a passionate group of individuals, focused on meeting the basic needs of those who are struggling in our communities,” said Sherry Hooper, president of the New Mexico Association of Food Banks. “The New Mexico Association of Food Banks has been inspired by their commitment to putting on a star-studded event intended to raise funds that will have such a tremendous impact on the lives of New Mexicans.”

According to organizers, other special guests include Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, former Gov. Bill Richardson, Sen. Tom Udall, George R.R. Martin, Ali MacGraw and Hampton Sides.

The virtual concert will take place from 5-10 p.m. Feb. 13 and will be streamed through “Food for Love’s” Facebook and YouTube pages.

The concert is free, but viewers will be encouraged to donate to the New Mexico Association of Food Banks. Donations can be made live during the event or anytime on the “Food for Love” website.

“Food for Love” will benefit all five of New Mexico’s food banks – Roadrunner Food Bank in Albuquerque and Las Cruces, The Food Depot in Santa Fe, the Community Pantry in Gallup, the Echo Food Bank in Farmington and the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico in Clovis.

All proceeds raised will go directly to providing nutritious meals to New Mexicans in every part of the state who are struggling with food security.

“Food for Love” is being organized by a group of New Mexico residents who decided to come together to address one of the state’s biggest needs.

They include: singer/songwriter Terry Allen, his wife, actor/writer Jo Harvey Allen, local entrepreneurs Susan and Bill Banowsky and businessman Stephen Feinberg.

“We see the suffering too many New Mexicans are facing and wanted to help in any way we could. We believe music is food for the soul, so we thought we could also use it to feed those in need,” said Terry Allen. “I reached out to a few of my musician friends, and the response was immediate. They didn’t hesitate to step up and help, and it just grew from there.”

For more information on “Food for Love” visit foodforlove.org.

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