Updated: 05/27/2014 9:09 AM |
Created: 05/27/2014 8:09 AM
By: Nikki Ibarra and Elizabeth Reed, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Fifty percent of Rio Rancho students qualify for free or reduced school lunches. With school now out for the summer, these students can still get help.
Starting Monday, all children ages 1-18 can take advantage of the summer food service program. It's a federally funded program that gives students who qualify for free or reduced lunch access to meals during the summer.
At Haynes Park, the program starts serving breakfast from 8-9 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. They serve the same balanced meals children would normally get throughout the school year, like fruits, vegetables and milk.
The program was first launched in Rio Rancho in 2009. Rio Rancho applied for the program, which is operated by the USDA and administered by the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department.
Children must be present with an adult to get a meal and the program serves meals on a first come, first served basis.
For the full list of locations offering the summer food service, visit the city of Rio Rancho's website. Please note that some locations only offer lunch.
Bernalillo County will start its summer lunch program next week. The county will provide free meals between June 2 and Aug. 8.
No registration is required in order for a child to receive a meal. Lunches will be available for kids ages 1-18. Some sites also offer breakfast.
For more information, click here.
To find summer food programs across the state, visit http://summerfoodnm.org.