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NMPED recognizes National School Lunch Week

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ALBUQUERQUE — The New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) is partnering with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Services Southwest Regional Office to celebrate National School Lunch Week and New Mexico Farm to School Month and School Nutrition Month.

The National School Lunch Program feeds 338,000 students every day in New Mexico.

State education officials recently joined students and staff at Edmund G. Ross Elementary School in Albuquerque to learn more about the commitment to ensuring students have access to healthy schools meals.

“We know that when our students feel better, they do better — that’s why we are continuing to invest in programs that will allow our students access to nutritious meals,” Christopher Ruszkowski, state secretary of education, said. “I am extremely proud of the students and staff in schools across New Mexico that are dedicated to purchasing, preparing and providing those meals for our children.”

New Mexico is investing in programs like New Mexico Farm to School that provide grant funding to districts — so they can build partnerships with local farms and purchase fresh fruits and vegetables for students.

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This year, the state is investing nearly $500,000 in the program.