Poor nutrition, especially in children, has a life-long impact. Research shows that even a few weeks of sustained malnutrition at the wrong time can damage a young child’s cognitive development and limit his or her potential for life. With the second-highest overall poverty rate in the country—and nearly one-third of our children living in poor households—hunger is prevalent in New Mexico. As a result, hundreds of thousands of New Mexicans rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly called food stamps) every day to feed their families. Unfortunately, poor administrative practices by the state cause eligible families to lose benefits and face long delays in receiving assistance, even under emergency conditions. For example, in 2014, the state had a waiting list of applicants roughly 10% the size of the entire recipient pool.
The Center works to improve administration of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program so that hungry New Mexicans can find help when they need it most.
Get Help Applying for SNAP
Trained Roadrunner Food Bank staff and volunteers can help you apply for benefits provided by the State of New Mexico’s Health and Human Services Department. They will answer questions about SNAP, help you with information about how the process works, assist you in successfully completing an application and connect you with other valuable resources.
- Start by completing this short online form.
- You can also call toll-free at 844.684.6268 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Feel free to apply directly to the State of New Mexico’s online service called YESNM.
- Espanol-Cierre del Gobierno Y SNAP (January 2019)
- Gov. shutdown and SNAP (January 2019)
- Farm Bill SNAP Sign On Letter (May 2018)
- SNAP Participants and Total Population - New Mexico District 2 Table (May 2018)
- Proposed Budget Will Increase Hunger and Inequality in NM (February 2018)
- Memorandum Concerning Status of Defendant’s Compliance with Consent Decree and Subsequent Orders and Request for Sanctions (June 2017)
- Proposed Order Appointing Special Master (July 2015)
- Proposed Finding that NM Human Services Department be Held in Contempt (July 2016)
- Press Release: NM HSD Found in Contempt, Federal Magistrate Recommends Special Master Oversee Food and Medical Assistance (July 2016)
- HSD flawed SNAP Time Limit implementation enjoined by Federal Court (March 2016)
- Order for HSD to Correct Written Notices (May 2014)
- Second Order to Stop Requiring Immigration Status (March 2014)