During the national celebration of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) this week, the New Mexico Out-of-School Time Network and New Mexico Appleseed join with after-school programs and family child care providers in acknowledging the many ways our community benefits from providing free, nutritious meals to our state’s children and youth.
It is through the CACFP that entities like Presbyterian Healthcare Services is able to provide free meals to children and youth throughout the year – a vital resource that many families throughout the state will be able to utilize during the three week K-12 public school cancelation.
Nationally, the CACFP program provides over 2 billion meals and snacks to over 4.6 million children daily in after-school programs, child care centers and family care homes. In New Mexico, CACFP helps provide after-school meals to about 6,662 children every day.
Children and youth participating in the CACFP receive nutritious USDA regulated meals that ensure their proper development. These children gain from early nutrition education that helps them establish positive eating habits that will enrich the quality of their diet and health throughout their life.
New Mexico leads the nation for food insecure children per capita. We therefore want to honor all CACFP providers and sponsors for their invaluable work done on behalf of New Mexico children.
Farmington Municipal Schools (FMS) and the Boys & Girls Club of Farmington work together to provide high quality afterschool programming for Farmington children and youth. The two are currently taking a lead in ensuring children and youth throughout the school district are not heading home hungry. Utilizing the At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program, a component of CACFP, FMS is distributing afterschool meals in three different after-school pilot sites.