School Food Pantries
Families of Abiquiu Elementary and the Jemez Mountain School District have access to in-school Grab-n-Go food pantries as a result of our collaboration with school staff. We outfitted the pantries with shelving and equipment and keep them stocked throughout the year, and supply both pantries with healthy and nutritious food. By locating pantries inside or near schools, students and their families have easier access to food assistance and feel more comfortable in accessing this assistance.
Abiquiu Farmers Market
Luciente’s Farmers Market occurs every Tuesday from 4-6 pm, starting the first Tuesday in June through early fall. The market is held on the Tres Semillas property adjacent to the Abiquiu Post Office, across from Bodes. This program supports our local farmers by providing an outlet to sell their produce and supports a healthy, real, farm-to table food source for our community. Stop by, browse and purchase fresh produce and other local products. It’s a great chance to embrace your community and enjoy time with neighbors!
Interested in becoming a vendor?
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Clean Water in School
For 14 months during 2020-21, Luciente provided clean drinking water at Abiquiu Elementary School. Luciente purchased five gallon jugs and rented dispensers to ensure the school community had access to safe water. Luciente was proud to quickly respond to such an urgent need. The school district installed a reverse osmosis water system in 2020 and as of late 2021 took over the provision of clean water for the school.
COVID-19 Emergency Food Project
From March through July 2020, Luciente delivered weekly bags of food staples to 252 families in need in Abiquiu, Canones, Youngsville, Coyote and Gallina during the COVID-19 crisis. Our school food pantries continued to support families during remote learning. School staff made sure this critical access to food continued.
In 2020, Luciente provided approximately 250 holiday meals over Thanksgiving and Christmas. Family meals are important traditions during the holidays. The act of eating food around the table can unite people, strengthen bonds and help maintain a common identity and culture. Meal sharing engages all of our senses – sight, touch, taste, smell and most of all, hearing stories, laughter and words of gratitude and wisdom.
Rio Arriba Concerned Citizens
A Luciente fiscally sponsored program, RACC is a grassroots organization that defends against oil and gas development in the Rio Chama Watershed, NM while educating and advocating for sustainable, safe energy and income sources in our region.