We have friends who regularly deliver for the "Meals on Wheels" program in to Albuquerque's South Valley. This program delivers food to senior citizens who may or may not pay for the meals. Many do not because of the poverty they live in. The descriptions of the living conditions of some of the elderly recipients is horrifying. If they did not receive these meals they would certainly not survive long.
Governors, Congressmen, Senators, Legislators and all other elected officials should be required to deliver these meals into poverty areas at least three times a year. It might be the only way they can see for themselves that there is a whole forgotten segment of our population that lives from day to day. (I know Congressman Martin Heinrich has done this.) And they only live a few miles from where the more fortunate folks live, but invisible xenophobic lines keep them from knowing what life is like on the other side. I would say there are people who have lived in Albuquerque for decades that have never taken a ride down Isleta or Arenal roads in the south valley.
Meals on Wheels delivers all over the city. There is poverty in all parts of Albuquerque. There are needs for good nutrition everywhere. Our politicos need to see it first hand and I challenge Governor Susanna Martinez to accompany some folks delivering into these areas.