Food Security

Every child in New Mexico deserves at least one meal a day! To end child hunger, NMOST has partnered with NM Appleseed to form a 1 Meal a Day Taskforce in Albuquerque, convening community leaders to figure out how to tackle hunger in our community. During our first meetings, we have focused on how to fill gaps during breaks, long weekends and holidays, and provide extra meal sites when many children are without food for several days or weeks. When we get everyone together at the same table, organizations can build on each other’s work and solve problems that previously seemed insurmountable. Community partners attending the taskforce meetings include APS, Presbyterian Medical group, Cuidando Los Niños, YMCA, Boys and Girls Club, City of Albuquerque, Roadrunner Food Bank, and A Light in the Night.

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Spring Break for many children is something to look forward to after a long school year. But for many children around New Mexico, Spring Break is a painful reminder that hunger never takes a holiday.

The Albuquerque One Meal A Day Hunger Task Force headed by New Mexico Appleseed and the New Mexico Out of School Time Network have been convening with community leaders in combating childhood food insecurity. According to Feeding America’s 2015 Map the Meal Gap report. New Mexico currently ranks bottom of the nation with more than 145,000 hungry children with nearly 30% or 1 in 3 children at risk of hunger. For the thirty percent of children, school meals have become a major source of basic nutrition, and when schools close for the holidays, many of those families struggle to fill the gap. Households with children are disproportionately likely to be food insecure, meaning having enough food for an active, healthy life.

When schools close for vacations, the free school meals children rely on, go away. Participating organizations recognizing the crucial part public school lunches and breakfast have on many low-income students and have been vocal about the lack of food availability during holiday’s and school breaks.

Albuquerque Public Schools and the Boys & Girls Club, both members of the One Meal A Day Task Force have decided to partner together and provide free nutritious meals this Spring Break. With the tremendous help from Children Youth and Families, the Boys & Girls Club will be operating during lunch at 1:00 PM and a snack at 3:00 PM with the help from APS Schools.

Where: 333 Truman Street NE Albuquerque, NM 87110
When: March 26th – March 30th
Time: 1:00 PM lunch and 3:00 PM snack

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These were the winter break meal sites in the Albuquerque area (left here for reference as many of the same sites will serve meals during the summer):

Meal Site Location Serving Time
Alamosa Community Center
6900 Gonzales Rd. Sw 87121
Ph: 836-8760


Barelas Communty Center 
801 Barelas Rd. SW 87102
Ph: 848-1343
Cesar Chavez Community Center
7505 Kathryn SE, 87108
Ph: 256-2680
Dennis Chavez Community Center 
715 Kathryn SE 87102
Ph: 848-1341
(Begins January, 2018)
Heights Communuty Center
823 Buena Vista SE 87
Ph: 848-1334


Herman Sanchez Community Center 
1830 Williams SE, 87102
Ph: 848-1336
Jack Candelaria Community Center 
400 San Jose SE, 87102
Ph: 848-1324
Jeanne Bellamah Community Center
11516 Summer St. NE 87112
Ph: 767-5910
Loma Linda Community Center
1700 Yale SE, 87106
Ph: 764-1525
Los Duranes Community Center
2920 Leopoldo NW 87104
Ph: 767-5900
McKinley Coummunity Center
3401 Monroe NE, 87110
Ph: 767-5930
Mesa Verde Community Center
7900 Marquette NE 87108
Ph: 767-5920
Pat Hurley Community Center
3928 Rincon NW 87105
Presbyterian Hospital
1100 Central Ave SE
(Second Floor, North End of Hospital)
1PM - 7PM
Presbyterian Kaseman Hospital
8300 Constition Ave NE
(located South Side of Hospital)

Meals: 11AM-1:30PM

Snacks: 1:30PM-4PM

Singing Arrow Community Center
13001 Singing Arrow SE 87123
Ph: 291-6200
Snow Park Community Center
9501 Indian School Rd NE 87112
Ph: 332-5250
Taylor Ranch Community Center
4900 Kachina St NW
Ph: 768-6009
Thomas Bell Community Center
3001 University SE 87106
Ph: 848-1390
Wells Park Community Center
500 Mountain Rd NW 87102
Ph: 848-1390
Westgate Community Center 
1400 Snow Vista SW 87121
Ph: 836-8723
West Mesa Community Center
5500 Glenrio NW 87105
Ph: 836-3487
Whittier Community Center
100 Quincy SE 87108
Ph: 256-2093
Bernalillo County Sites  
Los Padilla's Community Center
2117 Los Padilla's Rd SW
Ph: 468-7600

December 18-22


Mountain View Community Center
201 Prosperity SE 
Ph: 314-0297
Paradise Hills Community Center
5901 Paradise Blvd NW
Ph: 314-0245
December 18-22
Raymond G. Sanchez Community Center
9008 4th Street NW
Ph: 468-7800
Westside Community Center
1250 Isleta Blvd SW
Ph: 314-0176





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