New project aims to curb New Mexico’s high hunger rate

Project Blue Box Van

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – New Mexico has the highest rate of childhood hunger in the country, but a new program in Albuquerque is trying to change that.

The project is called “Project Blue Box” and is a joint effort between St. Martin’s Hospitality Center and Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico.

As part of the plan, a van will deliver bags of fresh food to four title one elementary schools every week. The kids then take the food home to help feed their families.

“I have two boys I’m taking care of and with this it helps. It’s been very helpful,” said single mom, Vangie Luker.

Blue Cross Blue Shield gave St. Martin’s a $50,000 grant to get the van rolling. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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