Sunday, February 26, 2017

Interfaith Hunger Coalition Hears About the Challenges of Homeless Students in Albuquerque Public Schools

Patrick Scott, who serves as liaison for the Title I Homeless Project for the Albuquerque Public Schools, spoke to an audience of about 25 people at the bimonthly meeting of the Interfaith Hunger Coalition on Tuesday, February 21, at First Presbyterian Church.

"With almost 4,000 homeless children in the Albuquerque Public Schools, we know that housing instability is a major challenge for our students," said Scott. "Hunger and food insecurity is another factor impacting learning. I appreciate the opportunity to speak to the Hunger Coalition on this important topic!"

The  APS Title I Homeless Project, works under the McKinney-Vento Act to offer services and support to homeless students and families attending APS schools.

"Our mission is to reduce any obstacles or barriers that impede the educational process for homeless children and youth. This includes helping with school enrollment, transportation, access to basic resources (clothing, school supplies, toiletries, etc.), advocacy services, and educational programs," said Scott. "Throughout the history of our program, food has been a core component. New Mexico ranks 1st in child hunger (Feeding America, 2014) with a rate of 29.2% compared to 18.6% nationally. As we all know, children cannot learn if they are hungry."

Members of Central United Methodist Church and La Mesa Presbyterian Church

St. Martin's Hospitality Center was als represented in the audience

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