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BernCo and Partners Lead Major Efforts to Help and Serve the Community

03/26/2020
4:13 PM
Cathy Lopez, O (505) 224-1641, C (505) 259-0312 - cathylopez@bernco.gov

Bernalillo County – BernCo in collaboration with private business partners, generous individual citizens, and the New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department continue to help and serve the community in the midst of this historic health crisis. On-going food and household goods donation drives, grab-and-go breakfast and lunch meals, and boxes of food for families are happening right now.

Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) along with local businesses and community members have collected food items to create and distribute boxes of food to families in need. Approximately 220 boxes equating to over 5,500 meals have been delivered to the doorstep of 160+ families in Bernalillo County.

BCSO has also joined forces with the BernCo Fire Department, Emergency Management Department and Team Rubicon to deliver additional care packages to senior centers, homeless individuals, and anyone else in need in the community. Bubba’s 33 and Legacy Church are providing enough meals to deliver about 100 lunches a day to the healthcare workers at the COVID-19 testing sites for the next week and hope to continue that effort at least three times a week on a going forward basis.

For food assistance or to donate, please call 505-331-9378 or 505-377-6566. Both numbers are open daily between 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. and again from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Leave a message, if the line is busy.

BernCo is serving ‘grab-and-go’ breakfasts and lunches at six county locations and the Isleta Pueblo Community Center. Locations and the number of meals served, thus far:

  • Mountain View Community Center, 201 Prospect Ave. SE -- served 112
  • Paradise Hills Community Center, 5901 Paradise Hills Blvd. NW -- served 140
  • Raymond G. Sanchez Community Center, 9800 Fourth St. NW -- served 135
  • South Valley Multipurpose Center, 2008 Larrazolo Road SW -- served 138
  • Vista Grande Community Center, 15 La Madera Road -- served 260
  • Westside Community Center, 1250 Isleta Blvd. SW -- served 187
  • Isleta Pueblo Community Center, 60 Tribal Road 40, Isleta Village Proper, NM 87022 -- served 3342

Totaling 4,313 breakfast/lunch meals have been served and more every day.

Parents drive-up to the community center with their children in the vehicle and center staff give a breakfast and lunch for each child in the vehicle. All families with children are welcome.

BernCo's Department of Behavioral Health Services and the New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department (ALTSD) have partnered to get much-needed supplies and food to housebound seniors and disabled people. Following the spread of coronavirus to New Mexico, the ALTSD launched a hotline 1-800-432-2080 for seniors, people with a disability, or their family members to call in and request assistance with groceries, supplies or meals. Leave a message with a name, telephone number, and the city/town the caller resides. Callers will be contacted within two hours, if not sooner.

Donated supplies, such as toilet paper, cleaning supplies, pasta and other grains, oatmeal, canned goods, and baby formula and diapers, are being accepted at the South Valley Multipurpose Center, 2008 Larrazolo Road SW, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

ALTSD is in the process of creating donation hubs, like this one, across the state to provide food and supplies.

To volunteer, please email ALTSD-Volunteers@state.nm.us, and identify in the subject line ‘Ready to Help’ along with a city/town and phone number.

“Thank you to our generous partners and civic members for their incredible donations of food and time being given to our community right now,” states Bernalillo County Manager Julie Morgas Baca. “If you are a resident in urgent need, please call these phone numbers for assistance. We are all in this together, and serving those with the most urgent needs is our first priority.”

 

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About Bernalillo County

Bernalillo County is 1,160 square miles and is New Mexico’s most populous county with more than 674,000 residents. Bernalillo County government provides a wide range of public services to residents who live in Albuquerque, Los Ranchos and Tijeras and the 111,000 residents who live outside the village and city limits in the unincorporated areas of the county. Bernalillo County employs approximately 2,500 people and has an annual operating budget and capital investments of more than $500 million. Elected officials include five county commissioners, assessor, clerk, probate judge, sheriff and treasurer.

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