Northwest New Mexico has one of the highest Coronavirus infection rates in our country. The residents of McKinley and Cibola counties have been hit hard, which include parts of the Navajo Nation, and also the people of the Zuni Pueblo. Gallup and Grants, two of the largest border towns to both the Navajo and the Zuni reservation lands, are at a crisis point. People in the McKinley and Cibola counties are strong, but this is overwhelming them.
At the same time, the state shutdown and current restrictions on capacity mean that restaurants across the state are not ordering or are ordering a fraction of their previous meat orders. Combined with the nationwide fallout from the closures of major processing plants, livestock prices are below the costs to ranchers to raise the animals. Many ranchers are forced to resort to culling their herds. By providing a fair price for their livestock, and utilizing the independent USDA-inspected facilities in our state, we can help to ensure the survival of New Mexico’s local food supply chain.
Please help us in getting meat to the people of McKinley and Cibola counties, which include residents of both the Navajo Nation and the Zuni Pueblo. This GoFundMe campaign has set a goal of $82,000 to bring meat to hungry residents of these border towns and the neighboring Native American tribes. This will provide approximately 46,000 servings of high quality protein, and purchase more than 100 animals from local ranchers.
The Fund is administered through the Community Pantry, a nonprofit, which has the skills and the means to get the food safely to the neediest families.
Donations will be combined to maximize the impact, and feed as many families as possible. Donate now to the Wholehearted Food Fund. The future of many families in the Navajo Nation and many others are depending on you. And please, share this page with your family and friends.
- Daniel Ritchey
- Elizabeth Patty
- John Osmon
- Diane Ciampolillo
Community Pantry (The Community Pantry and Hope Garden)
Donations are 100% tax deductible.