In 1989 two Baptist missionaries from Albuquerque saw a growing need for a Food Pantry in the East Mountains to help feed the hungry in that area. Approaching First Baptist Church-Tijeras they asked to use the ‘house’ located on the NE corner of the church property and seeking volunteers to staff it. Church members readily agreed and in November 1989, the first food boxes were distributed.
In 2005 members of Mountainside Methodist asked to partner in the Pantry. Over the years a variety of community members, businesses and organizations have added their support with tax-deductible monetary or food donations and through volunteering. In 2016 we were joined by Canyon Bible Church of Tijeras, and Church of the Good Shepherd UCC became involved in 2017.
The pantry has been housed in the building that served as the original parsonage for the First Baptist Church in Tijeras.
Our pantry is associated with the Roadrunner Food Bank of New Mexico and follows the USDA Equal Opportunity provider guidelines.
Our Faith Based Tradition Continues …
Currently there are seven Churches sponsoring the pantry:
First Baptist Church – Tijeras
Mountainside United Methodist Church – Cedar Crest
Canyon Bible Church – Tijeras
Church of the Good Shepherd UCC – Albuquerque
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – Edgewood
Cedar Springs Church
Good Shepherd Lutheran – Edgewood
Who Do We Serve?
The East Mountain Food Pantry is an Equal Opportunity Provider, and we serve any East Mountain Resident who meets the eligibility requirements.
In 2017 we served approximately 600 different families throughout the East Mountain Area. Tanks to the generosity of individuals and local businesses we were able to provide enough groceries for 130,000 meals.
Our Food Pantry is open to distribute these boxes six days a week (see calendar). We serve an average of 70 families each week. Families may pick up food boxes once a month.