Where will kids eat?
Across New Mexico, schools are getting out for the summer. And while most students are looking forward for the break, some parents are already worrying about how to feed their children without meals provided through schools. This challenge is not uncommon for St. Felix Pantry. In fact, we already assist two schools in Rio Rancho by providing healthy food options that children will take home just to have something to eat on the weekends. Summer vacations are the busiest time of year for most pantries. Sometimes, we struggle to fill the gap for children who are not getting regular meals through federally funded school lunch programs and other services.
According to the USDA about 21.4 million children receive free or reduced-price lunches at school on a typical school day. Some of the nation’s neediest kids also receive breakfast, snacks, dinner and even backpacks of weekend food through school and after-school programs.
Experts say that when kids don’t have regular, nutritious meals, they learn more slowly and have more behavioral problems. They also can develop unhealthy habits, such as binge eating, that puts them at risk for obesity and diabetes.
New Mexico remains number two in childhood hunger nationwide. In Sandoval County there are 7, 350 food insecure children. Please consider donating food this summer especially for kids. To learn how you can help please contact Manuel at firstname.lastname@example.org
Macaroni and Cheese
Peanut butter and Jelly
Fresh fruit and vegetables