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Local restaurants raise more than $2K for NMSU’s Aggie Cupboard

Aggie Cupboard, a critical food pantry housed at New Mexico State University, received a record-breaking $2,355 gift from ten local restaurants that participated in the NMSU Alumni Association’s third annual Eat for Pete event.


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NMSU Regent Jerean Hutchinson (left), who owns La Posta de Mesilla, presents a big check to NMSU-Las Cruces Aggie Cupboard alongside Tina Byford (right), interim president of the NMSU Foundation. Hutchinson represents a handful of local businesses who donated a portion of their sales during the NMSU Alumni Association's Eat for Pete event this fall. Together, all raised $2,355 to support the on-campus food pantry available to students, faculty and staff. (Photo by Renee Gonzalez)

These restaurants – eight in Las Cruces and two in El Paso – set aside between 10 and 20 percent of their sales during late September and early October to stock the shelves of the campus resource.

One of those restaurants, La Posta de Mesilla, led the pack, bringing in $1,436 during Eat for Pete.

“La Posta de Mesilla and Hacienda de Mesilla proudly support NMSU’s Eat for Pete program,” said Jerean Hutchinson, restaurant owner and also an NMSU regent. “Eat for Pete is a great program for educating the public on food insecurity needs at NMSU and serves as a positive, engaging and fun community rally for filling the Aggie Cupboard food pantry.”

Aggie Cupboard, which has provided bags of nutritious, non-perishable food items to students and employees since 2012, continues to be in high demand. Unique client visits increased from 213 in the summer of 2017 to 512 in the spring of 2018 where the food pantry distributed more than 14,000 pounds of food.

“Through this large donation, our local restaurants and their patrons will sustain the Aggie Cupboard for an entire month,” said Meg Long, director of the Aggie Cupboard. “We are extremely grateful to the community for their support and generosity.”

The event, led by the NMSU Alumni Association every year, focuses on building a bridge between the community and the university by bringing together alumni and friends to benefit Aggie students, faculty and staff.

“This was another successful year for this event, and it wouldn’t be without the incredible support from our local businesses and the hundreds of alumni and friends that participate,” said Leslie Cervantes, associate vice president for alumni and donor relations. “Our Las Cruces and El Paso communities continue to step up and show us their Aggie pride, and we’re just as proud of those communities and our businesses who joined us in addressing this need at NMSU.”

This year’s partnering Las Cruces restaurants were Buffalo Wild Wings, Chick-fil-A, Hacienda de Mesilla, La Posta de Mesilla, Jason’s Deli, Raising Cane’s, Panda Express and Salud! de Mesilla. In El Paso, Boss Chicken and Custard and Peter Piper Pizza participated as well.

For more information about the Aggie Cupboard, please visit http://aggiecupboard.nmsu.edu/.