CYFD Family Nutrition Bureau to Administer Summer Food Service Program

02.25.2013

SANTA FE – The Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) Family Nutrition Bureau announced today that it will once again administer the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) in New Mexico to help address the gap in children’s summertime nutritional needs.

The Summer Food Service Program is a federally funded program operated nationally by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The Summer Food Service Program provides nutritious meals to New Mexico’s children during the summer months and is designed to provide children ages 18 years old and under with the same high-quality meals they receive during the school year.

“Many children in our state have a difficult time accessing nutritious meals during the summer, especially if there is no summer school provided in their community,” said Family Nutrition Bureau Chief Cesar Uriarte. “CYFD’s Summer Food Service Program provides children with over 600 meal sites where they can go and get a nutritious meal free of charge.”

CYFD reimburses statewide sponsoring organizations (administering agencies) for the administration and service of meals at approved meal sites, when school is not in session. The meals are free and no registration is required.

The Summer Food Service Program will start on June 3, 2013, and run to July 26, 2013. For more information on the Summer Food Service Program individuals can call 1-800-EAT-COOL (1-800-328-2665) or visit www.cyfd.org.