Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Food Bank Director Finds People Can Be 'Incredibly Generous'.(Career Marketplace)

Byline: Franchesca Stevens For the Journal

Funny thing about working with hundreds of thousands of pounds of food every day. Eventually you either eat more or eat less, says Melody Wattenbarger, executive director of Roadrunner Food Bank in Albuquerque.

Wattenbarger lost 20 pounds during her first few months as the chief executive of New Mexico's largest nonprofit food distributor. She says being out from behind a desk and around so much food in Roadrunner's 32,000 square foot storehouse had "kind of an adversive effect" on her appetite.

Not that that is a problem. Wattenbarger, 50, loves working at food banks. In fact, she considers it her life's work. Before she started at Roadrunner, she helped create and then headed Amarillo's first and only food bank, High Plains Food Bank, from 1983-1991. …

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