Program aims to help food insecure students with meals

New Mexico

It’s a problem too many New Mexico kids are facing every day, forced to wonder where their next meal will come from. 

A new program is working to make sure students at a Los Lunas-area high school can worry less about what they’re eating, and more about being a kid. 

“Not everyone has the food that they need,” said a Century High School student. 

Every week, students at Century High School in Los Lunas are given snack bags to take home. 

“These bags help out a lot of people. I have a couple of my friends who really don’t eat very often, and these bags help them out like crazy,” said Sebastion, a ninth grader at Century High. 

The bags are full of items like ramen noodles, fruit cups and crackers.

These snacks are to tide them over until Monday when they’ll eat a free breakfast and lunch at school.

“We know throughout the school week the students will have access to two full meals. We don’t know what students have access to over the weekend,” said Laura Bittner, one of the minds behind the snack pack program. 

The program was inspired by a teacher who shared snacks with her students, and soon realized just how much they depended on the extra food. 

“It’s challenging enough to be a teenager, but it’s even more difficult when you’re hungry,” said Bittner. 

This week, the bags were distributed with some extra goodies, including a new pair of socks and some hygiene items. 

The holiday-inspired packs were created to try and provide enough snacks to get the kids through their Christmas break. 

Funding for the program is limited, being almost completely supported by community donations. 

The creators are hoping to raise enough money to allow them to eventually expand statewide, and provide more nutritious items. 

Right now, they’re providing 150 snack bags every week. 

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