Ledes from the Land of Enchantment

Casa de Peregrinos distributes 4,500 turkeys before Thanksgiving

LAS CRUCES, New Mexico – Twenty months after the pandemic, thousands of Las Cruces families demonstrated that food demand is still high in southern New Mexico.

“We’ve never done that before,” said Lorenzo Alba Jr., executive director of the Casa de Peregrinos food bank. “It’s pretty much unprecedented.”

Volunteers worked Monday to distribute 4,500 turkeys to the Las Cruces community on the southeast corner of New Mexico State University. The aim of the food bank was to feed up to 2,100 families in Doña Ana County during the “Hope for the Holidays” food and turkey campaign.

“It’s actually a blessing because the community is looking for something that they can’t afford or don’t have,” said Alba Jr.

“It feels great,” said Amanda Kmetz, who volunteered. “We’re doing something that is important to people who are important.”

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