The Sonoma County Library is partnering with the Redwood Empire Food Bank to offer free nutritious meals to kids 18 and younger at 6 library locations during the summer of 2015.
The Lunch at the Library program will distribute free meals to youth throughout the summer at the following library locations: Central, Cloverdale, Guerneville, Northwest, Petaluma, and Sebastopol Libraries. Tuesdays-Fridays from June 9 to August 14 anyone 18 and younger, regardless of income, can eat a healthy lunch for free. Provided by program sponsor Redwood Empire Food Bank as part of their Every Child, Every Day Hunger-Free Summer initiative, these nutritional meals are available on a first come, first served basis.
For many children and teens, the stability, nutrition, and education provided by the lunches they receive in the school cafeteria, and the learning opportunities they receive in the classroom, ends when school lets out for summer vacation.
Summer meal programs in public libraries help combat childhood hunger, obesity, and learning loss during the summer months by providing youth with:
- regularly-scheduled, free and healthy meals through the USDA Summer Food Service Program
- introductions to library services and resources
- teen volunteer opportunities
— all within a trusted space at the heart of the community.
Summer meal programs like Lunch at the Library keep kids healthy and engaged during the summer months to ensure all kids return to school in the fall ready to learn.
A list of all REFB summer meal sites by town, including serving times, is located here: http://refb.org/pdf/summer_lunch/Summer_Lunch_Site_List.pdf