Resumption of summer food service for children in New Mexico

ECECD News:

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Department of Early Childhood Education and Care (ECECD) Office of Family Nutrition announced Friday the return of the summer food service program to 570 foodservice sites across the country. ‘State.

Administered by ECECD and funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the program provides free nutritious meals to children and youth 18 and under from June through August, filling a gap when programs school meals stop during the summer. . In New Mexico, 1 in 5 children suffer from food insecurity.

“No child should have to worry about going hungry at the end of the school year,” said ECECD Cabinet Secretary Elizabeth Groginsky. “The Summer Food Service Program ensures that all children in New Mexico can receive and benefit from healthy, nutritious meals throughout the summer months.”

Registration and registration are not required to participate in the summer dining program, which offers meals on a first-come, first-served basis. Each meal site serves lunch, while many sites serve both breakfast and lunch. All meals meet USDA-approved nutritional guidelines. In most locations, meals must be consumed on site as a group.

Summer Food Service Program dining sites must be in areas where at least 50% of children qualify for free or reduced-price school meals. In the 2021-2022 school year, approximately 73% of New Mexico public school students qualified for free or reduced-price meals. However, there is no family income requirement to participate in the Summer Foodservice Program.

The cost of the Summer Food Service program in New Mexico this year is expected to be around $2 million. The ECECD reimburses sponsoring organizations statewide for the administration and service of meals at approved dining locations.

To find a restoration site, visit https://summerfoodnm.org or call 1-800-EAT-COOL (1.800.328.2665).

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