NMDA food drive nets more than a ton of food for NMSU pantry

Aggie Cupboard helps feed students, other members of NMSU community

(LAS CRUCES, N.M.) – After a weeklong food drive, the staff at New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) collected 2,401 pounds of food to stock the shelves of an on-campus food pantry at New Mexico State University (NMSU). This food is collected to help support those that may be unable to feed themselves.

“We set a goal of 1,000 pounds and…far surpassed that,” New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte said.  “As always, I am very proud of this department and what we contribute to the communities across New Mexico.”

The items – tuna, peanut butter, bottled water, locally grown beans, and more – were collected for NMSU’s Aggie Cupboard.  The on-campus resource was founded in 2012 to help fulfill the food needs of students and other members of the NMSU community.

Unlike other state agencies, NMDA is not located in Santa Fe but in Las Cruces on the campus of NMSU.  That’s because New Mexico’s state constitution, which was penned more than a century ago, called for “a department of agriculture…under the control of the board of regents of the college of agriculture and mechanic arts,” as NMSU was then known.  The work NMSU does in the realm of agriculture – education, extension, research, and more – complements the wide range of programs and services NMDA provides to the state’s agricultural producers and consumers alike.

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