Lynn Community Middle School and Mesilla Valley Leadership Academy on Wednesday, Sept. 5, hosted an open house for students, parents and the community at large to see what is new at the district’s first community school. At the event, Casa de Peregrinos Emergency Food Program debuted its latest contribution to the community school’s mission — a healthy snack bar.

Volunteers from Casa de Peregrinos and Lynn Community Middle School pose with snacks that will be offered at the school’s new healthy snack bar.
Volunteers from Casa de Peregrinos and Lynn Community Middle School pose with snacks that will be offered at the school’s new healthy snack bar.

The healthy snack bar will feature healthy snacks including granola bars, breakfast bars, mixed nuts and fruits, fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, and peanut butter to accompany the fresh fruit and vegetables.

Lorenzo Alba, executive director of Casa de Peregrinos, opens a lighted display refrigerator used to store fresh fruits and vegetables to be distributed through Lynn Community Middle School’s healthy snack bar.
Lorenzo Alba, executive director of Casa de Peregrinos, opens a lighted display refrigerator used to store fresh fruits and vegetables to be distributed through Lynn Community Middle School’s healthy snack bar.

“These healthy snacks will be made available to all students at no cost,” said Lynn Community Middle School Principal Toni Hull. “We are so grateful for the support of Casa de Peregrinos as we continue to carry out the mission of the district’s first community school.”

“We’re excited about this project, and especially because it’s available to everyone at the school,” said Lorenzo Alba, executive director of Casa de Peregrinos. “We wanted to make sure that all students had the most important school supply — food — and that it is available to them all the time.”

Volunteers from Casa de Peregrinos and Lynn Community Middle School help stock a new healthy snack bar for students, teachers, staff and parents at the school during an open house event on Wednesday, Sept. 5. The snacks will be provided by the Casa de Peregrinos Emergency Food Program with support from the community.
Volunteers from Casa de Peregrinos and Lynn Community Middle School help stock a new healthy snack bar for students, teachers, staff and parents at the school during an open house event on Wednesday, Sept. 5. The snacks will be provided by the Casa de Peregrinos Emergency Food Program with support from the community.

The project is designed to go hand in hand with the school’s monthly mobile food pantry program, which is distributed by Roadrunner Food Bank. All of the healthy snack bar equipment, including a large display refrigerator, was provided by Casa de Peregrinos, which will also stock the snack bar with food.

Representatives from Lynn Community Middle School and the Casa de Peregrinos Emergency Food Program hold a sign thanking the organization for its support in creating a healthy snack bar. The snacks, including fresh fruits and vegetables, will be provided by Casa de Peregrinos with support from the community.
Representatives from Lynn Community Middle School and the Casa de Peregrinos Emergency Food Program hold a sign thanking the organization for its support in creating a healthy snack bar. The snacks, including fresh fruits and vegetables, will be provided by Casa de Peregrinos with support from the community.

“It fits right into the community school philosophy of providing resources for the students, parents, teachers and staff,” Alba said. “We hope this project is a huge success, and we will be asking the community to help support this awesome venture through monetary and food donations.”

Alba said a shopping list will soon be posted to the organization’s social media networks and website.

Those wishing to help support the healthy snack bar may contact Casa de Peregrinos at 575-523-5542, or by email at cdplascruces@gmail.com.

— Damien Willis, LCPS Director of Communications, 575-527-5811, dwillis@lcps.net