Emergency Food Program
Summer Food for Children Project
Common sense tells us that hungry kids rarely learn as quickly or as comprehensively as their more-fortunate classmates. What we sometimes forget is that they also may lack motivation, perhaps eventually dropping out of school to join the ranks of the chronically unemployed or only marginally employed. Such a journey often leads to a life of frustration and lack.
It’s a journey that can sometimes lead to crime as well, which carries heavy penalties for both offender and society. Our community cannot afford these costs, nor can we afford to lose the contributions people make when operating closer to their true potential.
That’s why at Casa we believe food to be the most important “school supply” in the world today and are doing all we can to help the kids of Doña Ana County get enough of it.
Smallest of Casa’s three projects, the Summer Food for Children project allows low-income families with school-age kids to receive three extra food distributions per year (each of these occurring monthly during the summer recess).
These distributions—cheese and tortillas; rice, beans, and tomato sauce; and canned/packaged goods—are also augmented with bread, fresh produce, and sometimes milk and eggs. For many families just getting by, this food makes the difference between real meals and snacks scratched together from very little. Such meals, critical to their growth and development, should be the birthright of all children. The Summer-Food project helps bring the kids of Las Cruces and Doña Ana County closer to that reality.
In the end, what it boils down to is this: good food is a basic element not only of survival, but also of hope. Please join Casa de Peregrinos in helping to see that all of our children have such hope—hope to help them surmount the barriers that might otherwise allow them to achieve few of their goals and dreams.