I would like to introduce you to The Food 4 Kids Backpack Program that was started in the spring of 2010 in an effort to address food insecurity in Lincoln County. There are two levels that the USDA uses to categorize food insecurity-Low food security and very low food security. Low food security is defined as reports of reduced quality, variety or desirability of diet with little or no indication of reduced food intake.
We serve children in Carrizozo, Capitan, Hondo, and Ruidoso Schools. The Food 4 Kids Backpack program provides children a backpack filled with nutritious food to be taken home on the weekends and holidays when school meals are not available. Each backpack contains approximately 7-9 items that are nutritious, kid friendly and easily consumed. Children can be enrolled by their teacher, school counselor or at the request of their parent/guardian. There is no qualification process or cost to participate. Participation is voluntary and backpacks are available to all children. Distribution is discrete and done by the classroom teacher. Each child is assigned a numbered backpack that will be filled and ready to be taken home at the end of the school week and must be returned to the classroom teacher the following Monday to be refilled.