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American Red Cross Continues Response in Columbus, NM With Community Partners

The American Red Cross in New Mexico and the American Red Cross in Southwestern New Mexico are continuing to respond to the emergency in Columbus due to damage from last week’s high winds, rain and flash floods.

The Red Cross has provided clean-up kits, drinking water, tarps and air mattresses this week. Roadrunner Food Banks in Albuquerque and Las Cruces, a Red Cross Community Partner has provided fresh produce, drinking water and ready to eat meals.

Rahim Balsara, CEO of the American Red Cross in New Mexico said today, “Working with our community partners and VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) the Red Cross is able to work with this community and respond to their needs.”

The Red Cross continues to do damage assessment of the dozens of homes that were severely damaged or destroyed by the unusual weather events last weekend.

(Note to Media, please see below for more information regarding Roadrunner Food Bank)

The Red Cross depends on the generosity of the American people to fulfill our mission. To help the Red Cross continue to save lives, contributions may be made to the American Red Cross Local Disaster Relief Fund by calling 1-800-560-2302. Contributions to the Local Disaster Relief Fund may also be sent to the American Red Cross in New Mexico by mail: American Red Cross in New Mexico, 7445 Pan American West Fwy. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109 or made online Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter @RedCross.

Media Contact: Beverly L. Allen, Communications Coordinator, (505) 220 3097

August 2, 2013

The American Red Cross has asked Roadrunner Food Bank to provide food and water to the areas and people that have experienced flooding in their homes near Columbus, NM. The Food Bank’s Southern Branch based in Las Cruces, has delivered 500 pounds of produce, 510 pounds of bottled water, 1,500 pounds of dry goods, and one pallet of meals ready to eat to ensure the community of Columbus has access to food and water.

Melody Wattenbarger, president and CEO of Roadrunner Food Bank said, “Providing basic needs such as food and clean water during a disaster is one role of Roadrunner Food Bank.  By working together with VOAD and the American Red Cross, we can lean on each other and provide help to those affected communities once resources run low.  Building relationships across organizations is important too, so that services aren’t duplicated.  This is a great example of non-profits banding together to help our fellow New Mexicans experiencing a crisis.”

Roadrunner Food Bank has already responded to several disasters over the summer including: two tractor trailer loads of food to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma after the devastating tornadoes in Oklahoma, 4582 pounds of water to Magdalena when the community’s wells ran low, and providing hundreds of emergency food boxes to people experiencing days without power.

About Roadrunner® Food Bank

New Mexico is ranked as one of the hungriest and most poverty stricken states in the nation.  Roadrunner® Food Bank, a Feeding America member, is the largest non-profit dedicated to ending hunger in New Mexico and operates warehouses in Albuquerque and Las Cruces.  Last year, the Food Bank distributed more than 26 million pounds of food through its own programs, a statewide network of partner agencies, and regional food banks helping nearly 40,000 children, seniors and adults weekly.  The Food Bank also rescued more than 16 million pounds of food last year keeping food out of landfills. For more information on solving hunger in New Mexico, visit, or follow us on social media at:, or

Sonya Warwick, Communications Officer, Direct: 505.349.8682, 

Roadrunner Food Bank

Albuquerque Branch, 5840 Office Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109, Main: 505.247.2052

Southern Branch, 2001 Copper Loop, Las Cruces, NM 88005, Main: 575.523.4390