The Tucumcari Board of Education voted 5-0 Monday to approve participation in the New Mexico Free Lunch Program.
Sonia Raftery, executive assistant to the superintendent of schools, said she hopes the state program will provide free lunches to all Tucumcari students by late October or early November. “We now need all parents to complete the Free or Reduced Lunch applications available at each school so we can turn in a baseline to the state,” said Raftery. “We need as many applications as possible so we can get the money we need. We need at least 68% of our students’ parents to complete the applications.” Raftery said the free lunches will consist of tasty, healthy food.
“Their will be less fat, less carbohydrates and more protein in school lunches,” she said. “The food will be prepared in the cafeterias. It won’t be coming out of a box. We will still have tasty food like pizzas, but they will be homemade.”
Raftery said she hopes that parents will encourage their children to eat in the school cafeteria. “We will have a complete salad bar and foods like yogurt instead of candy and potato chips.”