Food bank needs help after rash of burglaries

Created: 03/28/2014 10:32 PM
By: Steve Mieczkowski,

It’s helped hungry Albuquerque families for 25 years, but with two burglaries in just a month, the Rio Grande Food Project could use some support.

It wasn’t the news David Whiteley wanted to see or hear on his day off.

When he got to the facility Friday morning, he found a broken window, two desks without their computers, a freezer missing nearly a thousand pounds of beef, and a line of hungry people who still needed help.

The food project had to shut down for the day so police could investigate.

Whiteley said it meant nearly three hundred visitors couldn’t get food.

This is the second burglary in just a month. A few weeks ago, thieves stole around fifty dollars’ worth of copper wiring from the roof but caused nearly $12,000 in damage.

That, however, isn’t stopping Whiteley. He told the people who couldn’t get service Friday to come back Saturday for their food.

Whiteley wants to thank the community for all the support during these break-ins. Replacing those two stolen computers will be an expensive challenge. He said they're willing to take used computers from anyone who is willing to donate.

For more information about the Rio Grande Food Project, visit

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