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Free healthy meals for children continue during summer months

July 20, 2021 Featured Our Stories

Presbyterian continues to offer free, healthy grab-and-go meals for children at several hospitals across the state, including during the summer months.

“New Mexico led the nation in child hunger rates before the current pandemic,” said Leigh Caswell, Vice President, Community Health, Presbyterian Healthcare Services. “This partnership allows us to ensure children have access to free healthy food throughout the year.”

Since the program began in 2016, Presbyterian Healthcare Services has provided more than 93,086 meals to children. The program provides free, nutritious food to children 18 years and younger, regardless of income, through Presbyterian’s partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service (USDA) Southwest Region and the New Mexico Childhood Education and Care Department (ECECD).

The USDA operates the federally-funded, state-administered Child and Adult Care Food Program during the school year and the Summer Food Service Program in the summer. As a sponsor, Presbyterian hospitals provide select healthy options and receive reimbursement from the USDA year-round. During the pandemic, meals have shifted to grab-and-go options.

Improving access to healthy food is a priority at Presbyterian. In addition to the free meal program, Presbyterian has two Food Farmacy sites that provide free food for select patients in need and offers free virtual classes on healthy cooking and chronic disease management. Learn more about community health efforts at Presbyterian.

Meal hours:

  • Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis
          M-F: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Presbyterian Kaseman Hospital in Albuquerque
          M-F: 12 p.m.-1 p.m.
  • Presbyterian Santa Fe Medical Center in Santa Fe
          M-F: 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
  • Socorro General Hospital in Socorro
          Daily: 9 a.m - 1 p.m.

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