New and Expanded programs in Santa Fe offer meals to families.
This fall/winter throughout Santa Fe, there have been three programs that have emerged or expanded to offer meals to families around the city.
The Homework Diner started in Late November at Boys & Girls Club of Santa Fe on Jaguar drive. In partnership with Santa Fe City, New Mexico Appleseed, the Food Depot and Santa Fe County, the program offers hot meals Mondays and Tuesdays for students and their families. Along with a free dinner, free tutors are available to help students with their homework. It allows students and parents to come together around food and education.
Juntos los Mierocles hosted at Sweeney Elementary by SFPS Adelante Program provides a free hot meal along with student art classes and adult education. Starting in the Fall, organizations from Santa Fe Community Educators Network come together to bring enrichment activities to the youth after the 6:00pm meal. Some of the activities have included print making, creating birds nest and tin art.
Communities in Schools of New Mexico is running an after school hot meal program in partnership with New Mexico Appleseed, Food Depot and CYFD. The program happens at Salazar Elementary School under the CIS site coordinator from Monday through Friday at 4:00pm. The meal is available to children of eligible age who are high poverty areas or a part of an enrichment program. They are currently looking at expanding to another school.
With these three programs, families can come together over hot meals after a day of school/work or parents are able to relax knowing that their children have access to a hot meal after school.