Project Summary

The Food, Hunger, Water and Agriculture Policy Workgroup is made up of a group of a cross-partisan coalition of policy makers, agricultural producers, agricultural and food-related businesses, the emergency food sector, people of faith, anti-poverty and anti-hunger advocates, researchers/academics, dietitians and health experts, educators, and public policy advocates. While participants come from many different communities and professions across New Mexico and have many different life experiences, there is a shared belief that working together to address food insecurity and strengthen local food systems will improve the health and nutrition of all New Mexicans. For questions about these priorities or for introductions to workgroup members, please contact New Mexico First at

Since July, 2022, the Policy Workgroup is organized by a steering committee comprised of six organizations: ToohBAA (Shiprock Dine’ Farmers Cooperative), NM Voices for Children, NM Food & Agriculture Policy Council, Lutheran Advocacy Ministry – NM, NM First and Roadrunner Food Bank.

The Food, Hunger, Water, Agriculture Policy Workgroup meets on the second Thursday of each month from 12-1:30 pm Mountain Time. For more information about the Policy Workgroup and the meetings, please contact any of the Steering Committee members. All interested in the workgroup topics are welcome to participate!

The Six Spokes of the Food, Hunger, Water, Agriculture Policy Workgroup as of summer 2023 are:

  1. statewide roadmap to address food distribution workforce need
  2. more and better data to understand food and hunger issues in NM
  3. reform state programs to make them easier to access and better coordinated
  4. linking hunger aspect with food production
  5. improving agriculture and food production capacity
  6. address root causes of hunger and food insecurity

Some History: the Policy Workgroup came together in 2019 to support the following policy efforts:

  1. Increase data-driven decisions about food and hunger that support local food systems.
  2. Strengthen local food systems with policies that promote resiliency in local agriculture.
  3. Develop and support family-friendly policies that address hunger-related income inequalities.

Since the pandemic, the Food, Hunger, Water, Ag Policy Workgroup has been focusing on COVID-19 response and recovery, including policy work, to strengthen local food systems and end hunger. The Policy Workgroup includes a diverse range of professionals and stakeholders dedicated to the coordination of community responses to complement government efforts.

Food, Hunger, Water, Ag Policy Workgroup

The Policy Workgroup meets on the second Thursday of every month from 12:00 – 1:30 pm. For more information please contact any member of the Steering Committee.

Team Roster

Get involved! If you would like to help strengthen local food systems and food security in New Mexico by joining the Food, Hunger, Water, Ag Policy Workgroup, please join us at your convenience.

Questions? Ask any member of the Steering Committee.

Retired Subgroups

Funding & Philanthropy Action Team. After meeting regularly for over two months, in early 2022, the team opted opted to merge efforts with the general policy workgroup. Meeting notes are not available to the public

The Communication Action Team met during 2020 to help coalition partners get the word out about the many efforts and needs across the state. In April 2021, the team opted to merge with the general policy workgroup. Meeting notes for past meetings are available below.

The Policy & Advocacy Action Team. In April, 2021 the Policy & Advocacy Action Team opted to merge efforts with the general policy workgroup after the coalition’s hard work, good thinking and partnership leading up to and during the 2021 legislative session. Meeting notes for past meetings are available below.

The Food Systems Team opted in November 2020 to merge efforts with the Value Chain and Food Systems Team under our Agriculture Resilience Initiative. For more information contact Theresa Cardenas at Meeting notes for past Food Systems Action Team meetings are available below.

Emergency Resources

Emergency requests should be made through County and Pueblo/Tribal emergency managers. Please contact your emergency response manager to initiate a response to emergency food, hunger, and water needs. They are responsible for coordinating resources around food, water, and hunger and fair distribution of personal protective needs with front-line relief providers.

If you are experiencing, or are aware of urgent hunger/water relief needs, please contact Mariana Padilla in the Governor’s Office via email at

Press Releases

Lujan Grisham administration proposes historic funding to combat hunger – 1.28.22

Community Resources

Funders Dedicated to COVID-19, Food, Hunger, and Water Relief

NOTE: This list was generated in March 2020 and may not be up to date.

Learn about the sponsors of this initiative.

  • Catena Foundation is pleased to participate in efforts to help Native American communities in New Mexico. It is part of the New Mexico Community Foundation funding support for Tribes and Pueblo Communities in New Mexico and surrounding regions in responding to COVID-19. Contact name: Alex DeGolia,
  • Chamiza Foundation sent $50,000 in total to all 20 Pueblos. Funding can be used for any issues related to COVID-19; it is up to Tribal Leadership. Amanda Montoya, Read their funding profile for more information:  Chamiza Foundation
  • The Con Alma Foundation’s grants focus is on systemic rather than direct services. They are partnering with other funders to leverage resources towards relief efforts that reach rural and tribal populations, and are supporting efforts that create, strengthen infrastructures or that facilitate awareness of COVID-19 specific wellness webcasts, behavioral health/emotional support hotlines and journalism. Read their funding profile for more information: COVID 19: Con Alma Foundation
  • COVID-19 Resources for Native Communities: Visit this funding map developed by Roanhorse Consulting to help inform funding efforts in Native American communities across New Mexico.
  • First Nations has created the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund to swiftly direct financial resources to Native communities on the frontlines of the crisis. They are deploying funds to Navajo Nation and several pueblos and native-led non-profits in NM, and the NM Foundation. Through this fund, donors can support Native communities overall, or donate specifically to the initiative to provide food and water directly to the Navajo Nation and the New Mexico Pueblos. Read the press release.
  • The Grant Plant, Inc. is deeply concerned about our nonprofit community as we all navigate new challenges in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. This webpage is meant to provide grant-related resources for New Mexico nonprofits. It is updated.
  • The McCune Foundation is considering all relief efforts, however, most of our 2020 funds have been distributed. Read their funding profile for more information: COVID 19: McCune Funding Profile
  • New Mexico Association of Grantmakers Grantmaker Resources – Philanthropy’s Response for COVID-19
  • Sandia Labs is encouraging employee donations for, and awarding funding to, specific efforts/organizations including the UWCNM/Alb Community Fund Emergency Fund, Roadrunner Food Bank, and the Native American Relief Fund. We are opening our regularly scheduled Family Stability grant cycle on April 20 and anticipate that some grant requests will be to support COVID-19 relief efforts. Read their funding profile for more information: COVID 19: Sandia National Labs
  • Sacred Wind Communications Community Connect, Inc. is pleased to participate in efforts to help Native American communities in New Mexico. An application for funds from our non-profit organization is on our website under the tab “SWC Fund”.
  • The Santa Fe Community Foundation has established the COVID-19 Response Fund to address the critical gaps in services during the unprecedented Corona Virus pandemic.
  • The Thornburg Foundation is providing funds to existing grantee/awardees who are addressing COVID -19 hunger relief. Read their funding profile for more information: COVID 19: Thornburg Foundation
  • United Way of Central New Mexico is providing funds to the general public/501c3s/government. Priority will be given to any 501c3 nonprofit in central New Mexico. However, funding awards can be made elsewhere in the state. Apply now. Read their funding profile for more information: United Way of Central New Mexico Funding Profile
  • The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) is providing funds to existing grantees that provide relief in NM in rural, tribal and frontier communities.However, they are working with their national office to request additional funds that would contribute to collective efforts/funds (versus specifically for our grantees). Read their funding profile for more information: COVID 19: W.K. Kellogg Foundation
  • COVID-19 Giving Guide: How To Donate To Reach The Most Marginalized. Learn more about ethical giving practices to marginalized communities.

Join Us!

If you are a funder dedicated to hunger relief and would like to join the Food, Hunger, Water, Agriculture Policy Workgroup, please contact Sharon Berman at

This Workgroup is NOT intended to duplicate government emergency response efforts. Please contact your local emergency response manager if you or someone you know is experiencing urgent food or water insecurity.