City of Albuquerque and ABC Community Schools Partner to Ensure Families Have Access to Healthy Food all Summer

1,410 additional food boxes will feed approximately 5,640 residents

June 8, 2020

The City of Albuquerque is providing funding to keep mobile food pantries open all summer for 10 ABC community school sites within the Albuquerque Public School District. This will make an additional 1,410 boxes of food from Road Runner Food Bank available to students and families. Each box of food provides approximately a week’s worth of perishable and non-perishable items for a family of four, meaning that this funding will help feed 5,640 residents.

“Our students and families are dealing with so much right now and we want to make sure that food is not something they have to worry about”, said Mayor Tim Keller. “Since families are already connected with their community schools, keeping these pantries open for them all summer is the best way to get food to those who need it the most in the simplest way possible.”

The 10 ABC community schools that will have summer mobile food pantries are:

  • Emerson Elementary School
  • Eugene Field Elementary School
  • Grant Middle School
  • John Adams Middle School
  • Los Padillas Elementary School
  • Manzano Mesa Elementary School
  • Parajito Elementary School
  • Rio Grande High School
  • Valle Vista Elementary School
  • Van Buren Middle School

ABC Community schools are working to be adaptive and nimble during this pandemic, allowing for creative community engagement and response. In addition to engaging with the community to ensure they know where to get food, these schools are helping with technology issues related to their continuous learning plans, ensuring behavioral health needs are met, and coordinating with health centers to make sure students have access to their medicine and coordinated health care.

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ABC Community School Partnership is a joint powers agreement between Albuquerque Public Schools, Bernalillo County and the City of Albuquerque with the shared goal to increase parent involvement, student academic achievement and overall community quality of life, through the creation and support of cooperative and collaborative working relationships with schools and the community. There are currently 34 ABC community schools within APS.

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