ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Nusenda Credit Union presented a $10,000 operating grant to support the city of Las Cruces’ Community Meal program, which is administered by area nonprofit Families and Youth, Inc.
FYI, which has provided services to the community since 1979, is contracted by the city of Las Cruces to get vouchers for hot meals to those most in need.
The program was created by the city during the height of the pandemic, when public health orders shuttered restaurants, causing job loss and financial hardship. Under the initiative, the city’s most in-need citizens, including seniors, people experiencing homelessness, and low-income families, receive vouchers valued at $10 to purchase hot meals from participating locally owned restaurants. Since its inception, 22 restaurants have participated in the program, with 27,000 meal vouchers distributed. The program is funded through aid packages approved by the Las Cruces City Council.