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Dona Ana County food banks and pantries.

The resources available from Dona Ana County based food pantries are extensive. The charities and non-profits that operate the sites can provide assistance in an emergency. The staff can not only offer a free or affordable bag of groceries, but many offer referrals to long term financial aid programs or SNAP food stamp intake sites.

Clients include immigrants, senior citizens, the working poor and children. There is a strong demand for free food in Dona Ana County, and the charities do their best to provide this help. But the centers will often have other support available as well, examples being clothing, Christmas meals, and free personal hygiene items. The food banks in the area tend to take a multifaceted approach to helping families living in poverty.

Calvary Baptist Church
Main address is 1800 S. Locust St.
Las Cruces, NM 88001
Call 575-522-7900
The food pantry is only open Wednesday from 10am to noon. Free groceries, canned goods, or perishable items may be passed out at most one time per month by the charity. Proof of residency in Dona Ana County is required.

St. Albert\'s La Bodega Food Pantry
2615 S. Solano
Las Cruces, New Mexico 88001
Families living in poverty can use the food bank. There may also be Christmas or Thanksgiving meals along with clothing and more.

United University Methodist Church
2000 S. Locust
Las Cruces, NM 88001
For hours, call 575-522-8220





Trinity Lutheran Church
2900 Elks Dr.
Las Cruces, NM 88005
Dial 575-523-4232

Casa De Peregrinos Food Pantry
999 W. Amador Ave
Las Cruces, NM 88005
575 523-5542
Services include canned fruits, dairy, baby formula for low income single moms, and more.

St. Vincent - St. Genevieve Parish
100 S. Espina St.
Las Cruces, NM 88001
A food pantry will offer seniors assistance once per month. Children and other working poor may use the pantry less frequently. There may also be referrals to financial aid, a thrift store, and clothing closet.

Salvation Army - Las Cruces
Location is 1590 California Ave
Las Cruces, NM 88001
Main phone - 575-524-1044
Services include a food pantry, thrift store, and Christmas meals and toys. Assistance, including food or  prescription vouchers, are available for low income families across Dona Ana County. Case managers can also direct residents to SNAP food stamps and other public aid.

Lighthouse Pantry
2941 Morning Star Dr
Las Cruces, New Mexico 88011
Telephone: 575-521-3770
One emergency box of food is provided per month.




Butterfield Community Center
Butterfield, New Mexico 88011
Dial 575-932-9376

El Caldito Soup Kitchen
999 W. Amador
Las Cruces, NM 88005
The home bound or disabled may enroll into Meals on Wheels. Lunches are served on the weekends, including to the homeless. Fruits, milk, meat, and more may be provided along with clothing.

Our Lady of All Nations Catholic Church
Rincon, NM 87940

Iglesia Bautista Unidos en Cristo
Main address is 1306 Madrid
Las Cruces, NM 88005
Telephone: 915-345-0098

Las Cruces, New Mexico 88005
Call 505-688-6210 for information.

Mesilla Park - Our Lady of Guadalupe
Mesilla Park, New Mexico 88047
To call the food bank, dial 575-523-5542





Las Cruces Gospel Rescue Mission
1050 W. Amador Ave
Las Cruces, NM 88005
Main phone - 575-649-7293
The faith based charity has cleaning supplies such as soap or shampoo. There is also a soup kitchen, surplus USDA commodities, and information on shelters in Dona Ann.

For more information on food banks and hunger prevention resources (whether government or charity run) dial 505.247.2052. There are also Mobile food pantries and programs for seniors, such as Congregate meal sites, and applications to USDA school lunches for children.

By Jon McNamara

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