FRAC's School Breakfast Scorecard
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By way of comparison, our neighbor Utah (which ranked last among the 50 states and the District of Columbia), which had a ratio of 33.9 to 100.
More importantly, our state's performance has improved from 2010-2011,when the ration was 63.5 to 100.
One reason why our state has such a high ranking are the efforts of New Mexico Appleseed through its Breakfast After the Bell campaign and the No Kid Hungry New Mexico program over the past couple of years.
And the FRAC report makes a point of highlighting the efforts of New Mexico to leverage federal funds to attain the goal.
"If all states were able to reach FRAC’s goal of 70 low-income children eating school breakfast for every100 low-income children eating school lunch, which New Mexico has demonstrated is achievable and several other states are
approaching, states would be taking advantage of a significant amount of additional federal funding and would provide breakfast for millions more low-income children each day." Read full report
Kids Count Report
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State government should support and fund a comprehensive, high-quality early childhood care and education system of services. These services include prenatal care and home visiting programs, high-quality child care, and preschool. Such programs will do much to improve the well-being of New Mexico’s children, giving infants and toddlers the best start during the most critical developmental stage of their lives and ensuring that children are reading by third grade and will have the necessary foundation for a successful path to high school graduation and college/career readiness. See full report
Governor's Hunger Task Force
The task force is charged with compiling a report to the Gov. Martinez with recommendations to address the following issues and concerns.
a. An assessment of food programs throughout the state to identify gaps in serviceThe report is due no later than one year following the first task force meeting. Following the completion of the report, the task force will meet only as needed at the discretion of the chair (the governor's representative).
b. Methods by which to address gaps in service
c. An inventory of all food programs that exist across state government and any recommendations to streamline programs to make them more effective
d. Model practices, both local and in other states in order to make strategic use of resources
e. Promotion of programs in order to reach families in need
In summary, we know that we did well in providing school breakfasts for our children, and this has to continue. The governor's task force is an important vehicle to ensure that we identify the needs and take direct action to ensure access to food for everyone.
But we also must recognize the systemic problems that keep families in our state in poverty and develop strategies. Economic development and job creation are certainly one step. Improving education and improving access to health care are another step. And of course, we must continue to leverage our state resources with federal dollars that give citizens access to important federal programs. That's where our State Legislature and Gov. Martinez have an important role to play.