FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 20, 2023
SANTA FE – The New Mexico Early Childhood Education and Care Department (ECECD) Family Nutrition Bureau announced that it will once again administer the Summer Food Service Program for Children (SFSP) in New Mexico to help address the gap in children’s nutritional needs during the summer months, and at other times when school meals are not available.
“When the school year ends, families should be focused on play and quality time together, not worrying about where their next meal is coming from,” said ECECD Cabinet Secretary Elizabeth Groginsky. “Research shows that nutritious meals are vital for healthy child development, and ECECD’s Summer Food Service Program fills a critical gap by providing free meals in communities throughout New Mexico during the summer break when many children who are at risk for hunger don’t have access to school meal programs.”
The SFSP is a federally funded program administered nationally by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and administered at the State level by the ECECD. The primary purpose of the Program is to provide free meals to children, 18 years of age or under, from needy areas during the periods when area schools are closed for vacation during the summer months, during USDA authorized extensions of the program, and at other times when unanticipated school closures occur. No registration or enrollment is required. A person over 18 years of age who has a mental or physical disability (as determined by a State or local educational agency) and who participates during the school year in a public or private non-profit school program (established for the mentally or physically disabled) is also eligible to receive free meals. In Fiscal Year 2022, the SFSP program served 1,388,827 meals to at-risk children throughout New Mexico.
Organizations eligible for sponsorship are: (1) public or private nonprofit school food authorities; (2) public or private nonprofit residential camps; (3) units of local, municipal, county, tribal, State and Federal governments, (4) National Youth Sports Programs, and (5) private nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations.
Organizations interested in administering and operating the Summer Food Service Program for Children at their local level, should contact the Family Nutrition Bureau at (505) 841-4856 or contact us by email via https://summerfoodnm.org/sponsors/sponsor-login.
To find a meal site near you, please visit https://summerfoodnm.org/meal-sites or call 1-800-EAT-COOL (1-800-328-2665).
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Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham launched the New Mexico Early Childhood Education and Care Department (ECECD) in 2020, making New Mexico among the first states to consolidate all early childhood programs and services under a single cabinet-level agency. Under this administration, ECECD has led the nation by expanding access to free New Mexico PreK, overseeing the largest investment in early childhood infrastructure in state history, and implementing cost-free child care for a majority of New Mexico families. Learn more about how ECECD supports children, families, and the early childhood professionals that serve our communities at nmececd.org. On Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as @NewMexicoECECD.