Before the pandemic, New Mexico was already showing one of the highest food insecurity rates of the United States. The coronavirus has made the situation even more difficult for New Mexicans, whose likelihood of experiencing hunger and homelessness has surged. In this time of crisis, when numerous people have lost their jobs and are unable to support themselves, or when people with health conditions can't risk going out to shop for food, New Mexicans have found a welcome and charitable hand in the form of mutual aid groups. These groups have multiplied across the state. Albuquerque Mutual Aid is one such volunteer group, a community of about 90 volunteers who help buy and sort groceries. In one week, its volunteers feed up to 1,000 people. On a daily basis, the volunteers deliver care packages to people's doors while respecting safety measures. They work wearing masks and gloves and sanitize items before packing them. Albuquerque Mutual Aid organizer Selinda Guerrero, summarizes the concept of the organization: "We have no requirements -- you’re a community member who says you need help, so we’ll help you." Local food banks also help assist people challenged by the situation, as does The Food Depot in northern New Mexico.

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