Summer Food Service Program to Serve Up More Than 2 Million Meals
ALBUQUERQUE – Governor Susana Martinez announced plans to serve more than 2 million nutritious meals to low-income children over the summer. Governor Martinez made the announcement Tuesday in the South Valley during the kickoff of the 2015 Summer Food Service Program, which is put on by the Children, Youth, and Families Department (CYFD) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The meals are free, and no registration is required.
“Sadly, many of our children will face the unacceptable uncertainty of missing meals throughout summer break when they can no longer rely on their school cafeterias,” Governor Martinez said. “That is why our summer food program is so critical. It provides New Mexico’s low-income children with nutritious meals that they need and deserve — even when school is not in session.”
New Mexico continues to be a national leader in providing meals to low-income children. The Food Research and Action Center has ranked New Mexico the No. 1 state in the country for serving meals to low-income children over the summer months.
Governor Martinez has expanded the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), increasing the number of meals served by 7.5 percent since 2010. Last year alone, the program served nearly 150,000 more meals than in 2010. The program is available at more than 650 sites statewide. An estimated 580,000 meals will be served in the Albuquerque metro area.
SFSP is funded nationally by the USDA and operated by CYFD, which reimburses statewide sponsoring organizations (administering agencies) for the administration and service of meals at approved meal sites during summer break.
“I would like to thank Governor Martinez and the USDA for their continued support and efforts in making the Summer Food Service Program a success in New Mexico,” CYFD Cabinet Secretary Monique Jacobson said. “Through everyone’s continued efforts and through community engagement in the summer food program, thousands of our children will continue to benefit both mentally and physically this summer from these free nutritious meals.”
The Summer Food Service Program begins today and runs through August 1. To find a meal site, or for more information on the Summer Food Service Program, parents can call 1-800-EAT-COOL (1-800-328-2665) or visit summerfoodnm.org.
In addition to the summer food program, Governor Martinez has also expanded the Breakfast After the Bell program, which allows schools to serve breakfast to kids who don’t make it to school in time to eat before class.