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Creating family time during the week can be a challenge for busy caregivers, but is critical for a child's academic success. Albuquerque is addressing this challenge by implementing the Cities of Service Homework Diner Blueprint. The Homework Diner Blueprint is a high-impact service strategy that brings caregivers into their children's elementary school once a week to help with homework and receive a nutritious meal. Through Homework Diner, Albuquerque has provided hundreds of students with access to homework assistance, one-on-one time with educators, and healthy meals cooked from local culinary schools.

Albuquerque has been a member of the Cities of Service coalition since 2012, when Mayor Richard J. Berry signed the Declaration of Service.

Mayor Richard J. Berry

For the past seven years, Mayor Richard J. Berry has served as the mayor of Albuquerque, which is the largest city in New Mexico. Prior to serving in this role, Mayor Berry was elected twice as a state representative to the New Mexico State Legislature. He also owned a successful Albuquerque construction company for decades that conducted business throughout the Southwest United States. Mayor Berry has been instrumental in the success of Albuquerque's citizen engagement work, including the implementation of Homework Diner.