Need Food Now?
Resources You Should Know About
If you're facing hunger right now or will be soon, one or more of the resources below may be able to help you. Although only two of them provide food directly, you may find the other two useful as well.
El Caldito. This soup kitchen provides a complete and nourishing meal, using available provisions, to all who come to its door. Hunger and need are the only requirements.
For more information, call (575) 525-3831 or visit El Caldito's blog at elcaldito.com. El Caldito, like Casa de Peregrinos and several other service providers, is located on the Community of Hope campus.
New Mexico Human Services Department. Its Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps many low-income households buy the food that allows them to remain healthy, productive members of society. SNAP benifits are simple to use when you purchase food products at your grocery store. For more information, call (575) 524-6500 (west) or (575) 524-6568 (east) or visit hsd.state.nm.us.
New Mexico Association of Food Banks. Visit its website to find the nearest food pantry near you. (New Mexico pantries, only).
Casa de Peregrinos. For a full description of this Las Cruces food pantry's emergency food program, please click here.
Just want the essentials? Then, here they are...starting with the moment you open the door and walk inside. First: a brief conference at the check-in window, after which you'll have a private interview to determine your eligibility and extent of need.
For example, clients who come to us for help are often experiencing such circumstances as these:
- Out of work with no unemployment benefits coming
- Public-assistance check has been lost, stolen, or discontinued
- Waiting for their first food stamps to arrive
- Belongings have been stolen or destroyed
- New in town and looking for work
If your own interview shows you to be eligible for emergency help from Casa de Peregrinos (Casa), you'll receive some take-home groceries and thereafter may return once a month when the need arises. If you're homeless, however, you may come to Casa once a week and will receive easy-open food needing minimal cooking/refrigeration or none at all.
To apply for groceries from Casa, you'll need to bring the following information: drivers license or another form of I.D. and also proof of physical address, such as a light bill, rent receipt, etc. (We cannot accept P.O boxes as this proof.)