Bernalillo County’s Parks and Recreation Department announced today free summer meals will be available for children at 50 locations throughout the county in an effort to fight hunger.
No registration is required for the program, which runs from June 4 to Aug. 10.
Today’s announcement includes two new locations where summer lunches will be distributed: The Pajarito Mesa Community Building in the far South Valley and the Alameda Spray Park in the North Valley.
Most of the 50 locations are located outside Albuquerque city limits in unincorporated parts of Bernalillo County, including the South Valley, the North Valley and the East Mountains. The locations were chosen based on the percentage of children receiving free and reduced lunch in that area. County officials expect to distribute about 150,000 meals this year.
“Bernalillo County’s Summer Lunch Program is an important tool in the fight against hunger and we’re pleased to announce two new locations this year,” Commission Chair Art De La Cruz says. “Many children rely on the school lunch program for healthy meals throughout the school year, and the County Commission is proud to support child health and nutrition during the summer break.”
A map of the locations is located here
. A list of all sites and more information can be found here.
Call 505.314.0427 or 505.314.0430 for more information.
Bernalillo County’s Summer Lunch Program is funded by a federal grant administered by the state Children, Youth and Families Department.
The meals are prepared at the Albuquerque Public Schools central kitchen, and delivered to sites around the county.
“I want to thank the staff at the Albuquerque Public Schools central kitchen for their help in making this program a success,” Chairman De La Cruz says.
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