Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I satisfy my community-service requirements at Casa de Peregrinos?

Many people have done so and, for the most part, appear to have enjoyed the experience. To discuss your particular situation, please call our office at (575) 523-5542.

What does Casa de Peregrinos do?

Casa de Peregrinos or “House of Pilgrims” operates as an emergency food pantry that focuses on serving Doña Ana County, with a main location on W. Amador Ave in Las Cruces.


At our main pantry, we have four projects: the Food Security program, the Children’s Summer Food program, the Homeless program, and our Food Rescue program. Outside of our main location, we have another five programs:


  • The Rural Food Initiative
  • The Senior Pantries
  • The Student Pantries
  • The Thanksgiving Project
  • Lucha 4 Hope


Check out the Programs page for more detailed information.

Is Casa de Peregrinos a 501(c)(3) Organization?

Yes, since 1987.

How many clients does Casa de Peregrinos serve?

In 2018, we served 30,000 unduplicated clients. This represents over 14% of Doña Ana residents, or 1 out of every 7 residents.


  • The central Las Cruces pantry served 17,329 with another 820 homeless clients.
  • The Rural pantries are served 5,025.
  • We served 2,463 at our senior pantries.
  • The student pantries served 2,072 clients.
  • Our summer program helped to feed 2,375 families.


Visit our Downloads page to view the 2018 Annual Report for more information.

When is Casa de Peregrinos open?

Our Las Cruces location is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday | 9:00 am to 11:00 am & 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

Our Hatch pantry is open Wednesdays, and Fridays | 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

How many food does Casa de Peregrinos give out in an average year?

In 2018, we distributed 3,502,980 pounds of food, making us the largest emergency food pantry in New Mexico.

Does Casa de Peregrinos distribute in just one location?

No. Although our principal pantry is in Las Cruces, in 2024 we opened our Hatch NM pantry located at 321 N Main St Hatch NM. We also support mobile pantries in the following colonias: Anthony, Berino, Chaparral, Doña Ana, Butterfield, La Mesa, Mesquite, Organ, Garfield, Radium Springs, Rincón, and Tortugas.


Visit our Calendar for dates and times of a Rural pantry distribution near you.

What does a typical distribution include?

At the Las Cruces pantry, clients always receive USDA commodities including but not limited to rice, dried beans, dried fruit, canned vegetables, tomato sauce, nuts, flour, dried milk, and a handful of other essentials.


Our Food Rescue program allows us to save fresh food destined for the landfill, but because it’s a donation, we don’t know what types of food we will get. Currently, we receive a lot of yogurt, prepared salads and meals, fresh produce and fruit, juices and coffee as well as loads and loads of bread.


At the mobile pantries in the colonias, clients receive the same sort of products, roughly 80 pounds per distribution.

What kind of documentation do I need to get food?

We need to see a some kind of photo I.D. (drivers license or passport) and proof of your physical address, such as a utility bill or rental agreement. We do not accept P.O. boxes.

How often can I come for food?

At the Las Cruces pantry, homeless clients and those without access to kitchens may visit Casa de Peregrinos on Mondays and Fridays.


Clients with kitchens may visit once every 30 days except in the summer, when—if they have school-age kids—they may come for the Children’s Summer food program. Families can add an extra visit during each month of the summer recess. These added visits help to offset their children’s loss of access to breakfast and lunch programs.


Clients at mobile food pantries in the colonias receive food once a month.

Does at Casa de Peregrinos need volunteers?

Absolutely, and we couldn’t get along without them! Although their numbers vary, we generally draw from a pool of roughly 35 volunteers at the Las Cruces pantry.


If you’re interested in volunteering, visit our Volunteer page for more information.

Does Casa de Peregrinos work with any other agencies?

We cooperate with several Las Cruces agencies and organizations, particularly those on the campus of the Community of Hope campus.


For example, we enjoy a cordial relationship with El Caldito, a soup kitchen on the campus. When surplus bread, produce, and even (very occasionally) meat turn up, they either notify us or simply bring it over to our warehouse themselves. Many times, such openhandedness has saved the day for our clients. We do our best to reciprocate.

Where does Casa de Peregrinos get funding?

Our funds come from a variety of sources, among them the generous people of Las Cruces—contributing individually or through clubs, churches, and businesses. We also receive financial support from the City of Las Cruces, Doña Ana County, FEMA, United Way, and several foundations. Raising the funds to keep our operation going is a challenging and constant effort.


If you’re interested in sending a donation, setting up a fundraiser, or donating through Amazon, please visit our Donate tab. You can also Contact Us.

I want to sponsor a Food Drive. How do I do that?

Visit our How to Hold a Food Drive page for more information.

What foods are most useful to Casa de Peregrinos?

Although we and our clients are grateful for whatever food you can give, people needing food assistance particularly appreciate the following: canned meats and vegetables (particularly tomatoes), beans, and soups; canned fruits and juices; peanut butter; dry cereal; pasta; rice and pinto beans; dry milk; baby food; fresh veggies and fruit; milk, eggs, cheese; healthy kid snacks; and no-cook foods for homeless clients.

Are you a United Way agency?

Yes. We’re also members of the Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Las Cruces.

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