CYFD’s Summer Food Service Program Kicks Off

Close to Two Million Meals Expected to be Served During This Year’s Program

06.03.2013

SANTA FE – The Children, Youth and Families Department’s (CYFD) Family Nutrition Bureau announced today the start of the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) throughout New Mexico which will help address the gap in children’s summertime nutritional needs. The Summer Food Service Program starts today and will run to Aug. 8.

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.”

During last year’s summer food service program, 1.8 million meals were served to children throughout the state of New Mexico. This year, CYFD’s Family Nutrition Bureau expects that close to two million meals will be served to New Mexico children.

“It is very important that our children continue to have the opportunity to eat nutritious meals, even when school is not in session,” said CYFD Cabinet Secretary Yolanda Deines. “We encourage all New Mexico children to take part in this wonderful program and to take advantage of these free meals.”

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.

For more information on the Summer Food Service Program or to get information on summer food service program locations in your area, individuals can call 1-800-EAT-COOL (1-800-328-2665).