Federal agriculture officials and the New Mexico Collaboration to End Hunger have announced a new mobile summer meal program aimed at reaching underserved children in rural areas.
The collaboration and the Moriarty-Edgewood school district plan on increasing access to summer meals for an estimated 100 children a day in some of Torrance County's poorest neighborhoods. A special school bus will be used as the mobile meal site.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture typically offers free summer meals to school-age children at schools and churches. However, officials say some rural areas don't offer the program and the cost of fuel make it hard for some families to participate. They say the mobile project is a step toward ending that problem.