One-fourth of county children were living in poverty in 2016

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FARMINGTON — San Juan County school districts are preparing to offer free meals to feed students during the summer as the school year comes to an end.

Free meals are provided for those 18 years old and younger during the summer as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Summer Food Service Program.

About 30 percent of New Mexico children 17 years old and younger lived in poverty in 2016, according to data from the nonprofit New Mexico Voices for Children.

In San Juan County, 25 percent of children 17 years old and younger were living in poverty in 2016.

Central Consolidated School District

The Central Consolidated School District operates 18 meal sites with varying schedules between June 4 and Aug. 2.

CCSD food service coordinator Margene Purcella said the district served an average of 267 breakfast meals and 821 lunch meals per day during last year's program.

The New Mexico Child, Youth and Families Department, along with CCSD and the Navajo Department of Health, are holding five summer food kickoff events in June to increase awareness of healthy food access in rural areas.

Sierra Frank-Ignacio, a Navajo Department of Health program supervisor with the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act Project, said there will be fun activities and games for children, along with health booths, at each event.

Four events will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 5 at the Naschitti Chapter house, on June 7 at Newcomb Elementary School, on June 11 at the Beclabito Chapter house and on June 13 at the Sanostee Chapter house.

The June 18 event at the Sheep Springs Chapter house will take place from 4 to 6 p.m.

No meals will be served on July 4 at the CCSD summer meal sites.

Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays June 4 through Aug. 2 at the Mesa Mobile Home Park in Farmington.

Breakfast will be served from 7 to 9:30 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. weekdays June 4 through Aug. 2 at the Kirtland Middle School.

Breakfast will be served from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays June 4-21 at Judy Nelson Elementary School in Kirtland.

Breakfast will be served from 8 to 9 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. weekdays June 4 through Aug. 2 at the Kirtland Youth Association.

Breakfast will be served from 7:30 to 9 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays June 4 through Aug. 2 at the Ojo Amarillo Elementary School in Fruitland.

Breakfast will be served from 7:30 to 8 a.m. and lunch from 11 to 11:30 a.m. weekdays June 4 through July 27 at the Nenahnezad Community School in Fruitland.

Lunch will be served from noon to 1 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays June 4 through July 27 at the Beclabito Chapter house.

Breakfast will be served from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays June 4-21 at the Mesa Elementary School in Shiprock

Breakfast will be served from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays June 4 through Aug. 2 at Shiprock High School.

Breakfast will be served from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays June 4-21 at Tse' Bit' Ai Middle School in Shiprock.

Lunch will be served from noon to 1 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays June 4 through Aug. 2 at the Shiprock Office of Dine Youth.

Breakfast will be served from 8 to 9:30 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. weekdays from June 25 through Aug. 2 at the Naschitti Chapter house.

Breakfast will be served from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays fJune 4-21 at Naschitti Elementary School.

Breakfast will be served from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m weekdays June 4 through Aug. 2 at Newcomb Elementary School.

Breakfast will be served from 7 to 8:30 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays June 4-27 at Newcomb High School.

Lunch will be served from noon to 1 p.m. weekdays June 4 through Aug. 2 at the Sanostee Chapter house.

Breakfast will be served from 7:30 to 8 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to noon weekdays June 4-22 at Sanostee Day School.

Breakfast will be served from 7:30 to 9 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays June 4 through July 31 at the Sheep Springs Chapter house.

Bloomfield schools

The Bloomfield School District is holding a kickoff barbecue from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday at Salmon Park, according to Evelyn Barry, the district's food services director. 

Barry said the district served an average of 70 breakfast meals and 471 lunch meals per day during last year's program.

The district will operate 10 sites weekdays from Tuesday through July 27 with no meals served July 4-6.

Breakfast will be served from 8 to 9 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. with no service on Tuesday and service on July 5-6 at the Central Primary School.

Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bloomfield High School pool.

Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at EMS Park, Lee Acres, the Pinos Blancos Apartments, the old Rio Vista Elementary School, the Bloomfield Multicultural Center and the Hidden Valley Village Apartments.

Lunch will be served from noon to 1 p.m.  July 2 through Aug. 2 at the Huerfano Youth Facility.

Lunch will be served from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday through Aug. 2 with no July 4 service at the Nageezi Chapter house.

Farmington Municipal School District

The Farmington Municipal School District served a total of 48,361 breakfast and lunch meals during last year's program, student nutrition supervisor Jaynelle Minor said.

A food trailer will serve a hot meal at Berg Park during the week.

Farmington schools will operate eight sites with varying schedules between Tuesday and Aug. 10 with no meals served the week of July 2.

Breakfast will be served from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays June 11 through Aug. 3 at Animas Elementary School.

Breakfast will be served from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. weekdays June 11 through Aug. 3 at Northeast Elementary School.

Breakfast will be served from 8 to 9 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. weekdays June 4-29 at Rocinante High School.

Lunch will be served from noon to 2 p.m. and snack service from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. weekdays June 11 through Aug. 3 at Berg Park near the splash park.

Breakfast will be served from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Saturdays June 9 through Aug. 4 at the Farmington Museum at Gateway Park.

Breakfast will be served from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays June 11 through Aug. 3 at Sycamore Park.

Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays June 11 through Aug. 3 at Westland Park and Westland Estates Park.

Aztec Municipal School District

Aztec schools served about an average of 250 lunch meals per day during last year's program, according to district food service director Bob Schryver.

The district will operate four sites this year on weekdays from June 4 through July 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The sites are Aztec High School, Aztec Ruins National Monument, Florence Park and Minium Park.

A barbecue grill will be set up at Minium Park, and will serve foods including burgers and hot dogs.

Shiprock Associated Schools Inc.

Breakfast will be served from 7:30 to 9 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 11 to July 6 in the school cafeteria behind Navajo Community College.

There will be no service on July 4.

Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627 or via email at jkellogg@daily-times.com.

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