Regional
7:51 am
Tue July 30, 2013

NM Providing Back-To-School Clothing Assistance

Gov. Susana Martinez's administration plans to distribute about $1 million in assistance to help children in low-income families and foster children prepare to return to school.

The Human Services Department will provide $50 for each eligible low-income child for back-to-school clothes. Federal money will cover the estimated $755,000 cost.

The aid will help about 15,100 children and will be distributed through electronic benefit cards to qualifying families.

The Children, Youth and Families Department will provide foster families $100 to buy back-to-school supplies and clothing for each foster child who is age three and older.

About 1,500 to 1,600 children could qualify for the assistance, which will cost up to about $160,000 and is financed with state money in the agency's budget.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.