Free summer meal program in full swing

By Lillian Bowe
CNJ staff writer
lbowe@cnjonline.com
An average of 2,200 lunches and 750 breakfast meals are served daily through the Summer Food Service Program.
Conducted by the Food and Nutrition Service agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the program was created to provide low-income children meals during the summer.
Johnny Chavez, director of the SFSP in Clovis, said the Sacred Heart Catholic Church volunteers are serving and making the meals for kids. The Clovis SFSP receives payments from USDA for the meals it serves.

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Julie Garcia hands Lorena Garcia, 2, a free lunch bag Thursday at Dennis Chavez Park. According to Garcia, they serve 250 free lunches daily at the site.

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Julie Garcia hands Lorena Garcia, 2, a free lunch bag Thursday at Dennis Chavez Park. According to Garcia, they serve 250 free lunches daily at the site.

“Kids do not need to qualify to receive the meals. It is automatic and no questions asked,” Chavez said.
The free meals meet federal nutrition guidelines and Chavez said the meals are good balance meals. Some of the meals served this summer were pizza, turkey wraps, salad with ham. The meals come with fruit, milk or juice.
“To feed the kids the same good meal they would receive at school during the summer is great,” Chavez said.
Clovis has 21 sites that serve the free meals. Only two sites do not serve breakfast, but all the sites serve lunch. Dennis Chavez Park is the biggest site in Clovis and serves the most youths, Chavez said.
The program will last until Aug. 3.

These are all the sites with times, where youths can get free meals:
1st United Methodist Church
1501 North Sycamore St.
Monday-Thursday breakfast
8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
Monday-Friday lunch
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

801 Housing
4000 Lew Wallace
Monday-Friday breakfast
8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
Monday-Friday lunch
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Barbara Anns Day Care
108 West 21st Street
Monday-Friday breakfast
8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
Monday-Friday lunch
11a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Bella Vista School
2900 Jefferson
Monday-Friday breakfast
8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
Monday-Friday lunch
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Clovis Nazarene School
1800 N. Norris St.
Monday-Friday breakfast
8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
Monday-Friday lunch
11a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Dennis Chavez Park
14th and Edwards streets
Monday-Friday breakfast
8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
Monday-Friday lunch
11 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

Doc Stewart Pavilion
New Mexico Drive
Monday-Friday Breakfast
8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
Monday-Friday lunch
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Hawkins Pre-School
1605 Sheldon St.
Monday-Friday breakfast
8:30 a.m. -9:30 a.m.
Monday-Friday lunch
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Highland Park
Main and Manana streets
Monday-Friday Breakfast
8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
Monday-Friday lunch
11a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Kidz R Us
516 Pile St.
Monday-Friday Breakfast
8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
Monday-Friday lunch
11a.m.-12:30 p.m.

La Casita School
400 Davis Dr.
Monday-Friday breakfast
8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
Monday-Friday lunch
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Marias Montessori Day Care
3316 Lilac Rd.
Monday-Friday breakfast
8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
Monday-Friday lunch
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

My School Day Care
1120 Mitchell St.
Monday-Friday breakfast
8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
Monday-Friday lunch
11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Patric Sandoval Park
200 Rencher St.
Monday-Friday lunch
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Potter Park
Grand Avenue and Upsilon Street
Monday-Friday Breakfast
8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
Monday-Friday lunch
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Rierson Park
Hammett Street and Bonney Lane
Monday-Friday breakfast
8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
Monday-Friday lunch
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Sandia School
2801 Lore Street
Monday-Friday breakfast
8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
Monday-Friday lunch
11a.m. -12:30 p.m.

Sunrise Park
820 1/2 South Prince St.
Monday-Friday breakfast
8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
Monday-Friday lunch
11a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Sunset Park
Grand St. at Moreno
Monday-Friday lunch
11a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Toyland Day Care
1000 Gidding St.
Monday-Friday breakfast
8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
Monday-Friday lunch
11a.m. -12:30 p.m.

Youth Recreation Building
705 Sycamore
Monday-Friday breakfast
8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
Monday-Friday lunch
11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.