Sherry Hooper, NM Assoc/Food Banks, and Terry & Jo Harvey Allen, Food for Love Concert

Air Dates: January 23-25, 2021

This Week: Food Insecurity in N.M., Feeding the Hungry, & “FOOD FOR LOVE” -- A Free Virtual Concert Fundraiser For New Mexico’s Statewide Food Banks 

**FEBRUARY 13, 2021 at 5 p.m.–10 p.m. (MT)**

Guests: SHERRY HOOPER, President of N.M. Asso. of Food Banks & Executive Director of the Food Depot in Santa Fe and TERRY and JO HARVEY ALLEN, Founders of the Allen Center for Creativity at Texas Tech University & Creators of “Food for Love"

· 100% of every dollar raised will go directly to providing nutritious meals to New Mexicans in every part of the state struggling with food security

· Each dollar raised can provide up to 4 Meals for a New Mexico family in need

Jan. 21, 2021 – This week, REPORT FROM SANTA FE features several guests discussing food insecurity in New Mexico, the food banks' efforts to feed the hungry, and an upcoming free virtual concert "Food For Love" to raise money for struggling statewide food banks. (Specific statewide sites below.)

The COVID 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.

SHERRY HOOPER is the President of the New Mexico Association of Food Banks and Executive Director of the Food Depot in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Hooper gives updates on statewide efforts to feed hungry New Mexicans, especially in the pandemic and its negative effects on employment and food security.

TERRY and JO HARVEY ALLEN, founders of the Allen Center for Creativity at Texas Tech University, and creators of a free virtual concert "Food for Love." The Allens describe how the free "Food for Love" concert can serve as a fundraising vehicle to raise money for statewide food banks, struggling to meet the increased demand for food in the pandemic and the failing economy.

Dozens of the country’s top musicians, singers, and songwriters are coming together to help New Mexicans facing hunger. They are taking part in “Food for Love” a virtual concert on Feb. 13, 2021, benefitting New Mexico’s food banks.

Jackson Browne, Lyle Lovett, David Byrne, The Chicks, Nathaniel Rateliff, Steve Earle, and Elle King are among the more than 50 artists set to perform in the star-studded event.

Other special guests include Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, former Governor Bill Richardson, Senator Tom Udall, George RR Martin, Ali MacGraw, N. Scott Momaday, and Hampton Sides.

The “Food for Love” virtual concert will take place from 5 pm-10 pm MST on Feb. 13 and will be streamed on the organization’s website, 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, www.foodforlove.org.

“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. Together these food banks provide emergency food assistance to families in every county, Native American Nation, and Pueblo in the state.