Program-Food 4 Kids

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Food 4 Kids

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$120 SPONSORS A CHILD FOR A SCHOOL YEAR

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The Problem

In New Mexico, 30 percent of our children live in poverty, the worst rate in the nation. More than 40 percent of children live in single-parent homes, often in households without secure income. One in every three children suffers from hunger.

The Solution

The Food Depot operates the Food 4 Kids program at elementary schools to help alleviate the problem of child hunger in our community. Schools are eligible to participate if at least 50 percent of their students take part in the free or reduced-price lunch program.

At each school, teachers, nurses or counselors identify specific children who most need this help. For many of these children, without the program, school lunch might be the only food available to them each day.

Once identified, each student is registered to receive a bag of food every week during the year. The Food Depot delivers child-friendly food to the schools—such as cereal bars, peanut butter and crackers, tuna snack packs, granola bars and fruit cups. All the foods can easily be eaten without preparation by adults. School personnel and volunteers distribute food to children on a weekly basis.

By giving food to these children, The Food Depot provides essential help for children whose families are unable to provide them with the food they need.

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Our Impact

Last school year, Food 4 Kids served 3,126 children at 28 elementary schools in Northern New Mexico.

Making a difference . . . Layla and Gabriel.

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Communities Served

Cimarron, Eagle Nest, Eldorado, Española, Las Vegas, Los Alamos, Pecos, Raton, Santa Fe.

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