May 23, 2016 — The Food Depot Expands Lunch Box Express Program for 2016
SANTA FE — A new program, Lunch Box Express, aims to lessen the stress on Santa Fe families feeding their children when school is out for summer break.
Lunch Box Express is a mobile food system delivering lunch to children ages 1 to 18 in underserved areas of Santa Fe. A school bus will stop at three designated stops on a set schedule every weekday. At the designated meal site, a child will receive a nutritious lunch, including milk and fresh produce.
The program runs May 23 through Aug. 12. The six lunch sites identified include:
- Riverside de Santa Fe Mobile Home Park at 7460 Riverside Loop
- Country Club Gardens Mobile Home Park at 6151 Airport Rd.
- Cottonwood Mobile Home Community at 6441 Cypress
- Atocha North Mobile Home Park at North 3501 Rufina St.
- Atocha South Mobile Home Park South 3501 Rufina St.
- Lone Star Trailer Ranch at 4241 Agua Fria
“This program addresses an immediate need for an especially vulnerable part of the Santa Fe community’s children,” says Sherry Hooper, executive director of The Food Depot. “Working families already struggling to feed their children find their budgets stretched even farther during the summer months. They are challenged with replacing critically needed school meals. The Food Depot is committed to helping those low-income families.”
The program committee identified potential meal sites by researching areas that have schools with high rates of free or reduced school lunches and that do not have easy access to sites currently serving summer meals. In addition to the meals served, there will be activities for the children at the meal site, including storytelling and nutrition tips. Partners of The Food Depot with the Lunch Box Express program are: Santa Fe Public Schools, New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department and Santa Fe County.
The Food Depot is committed to ending hunger in Northern New Mexico. As the food bank for nine Northern New Mexico counties, The Food Depot provides food to more than 145 nonprofit agencies including emergency food pantries, youth programs, senior centers, and shelters for battered persons. This service enables these agencies to stay focused on their primary missions such as sheltering homeless families, providing hot meals to the homebound and offering life skills development to youth. The food bank distributes an average of 444,000 pounds of food and household products each month, providing more than 370,000 meals to people in need–the most vulnerable of our community– children, seniors, working families and those in ill health.
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