The New Mexico Higher Education Department has awarded $900,000 to colleges and universities across the state to ensure that students have adequate food and nutrition to succeed in school.
The agency’s Student Food Security Grants were awarded to 15 campus-based student food security projects and are anticipated to benefit more than 15,000 students. The grant funding is part of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s Food Initiative, which directed over $24 million this year across eight state agencies, the largest hunger appropriation in state history.
Grant funds were awarded to colleges and universities whose projects aim to establish or expand access to food and nutrition including student food pantries, food hubs, greenhouses, and food education programs. The agency prioritized funding for campuses that commit to partnering with local food banks, food pantries and farms, helping students access state and federal food benefits, awarding emergency assistance grants, and leading hunger awareness activities.
Of the $900,000 Clovis Community College will receive $27,000 for the “CCC Campus Cabinet” to establish an on-campus food pantry, support a community garden to provide fresh produce, and host an on-campus food drive.