Summer Lunch at the Library

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    Summer meals at the library are provided by the Redwood Empire Food Bank.

Since 2015, Sonoma County Library has partnered with Redwood Empire Food Bank to offer free summer lunches at eligible library branches.

In 2020, we are not able to offer lunch service at any library locations this summer, due to the COVID-19 health crisis.

Like so many aspects of our world, Lunch at the Library will be changed this year. The library is still participating in the statewide initiative to combat summer food insecurity in partnership with Redwood Empire Food Bank. Instead of offering weekday lunches at library branches, library staff will offer reading support and library resources for children aged 0-18, at free lunch locations throughout the county.

While library branches remain closed due to the COVID-19 health crisis, library staff are preparing to visit 15 county wide free summer lunch sites with books and family literacy materials, to support reading and learning at home, funded by a grant from the California State Library and the State of California.

We are also continuing to explore other possible lunch sites to provide library support, within the guidelines of staff safety and social distancing.

Click below for links to summer lunch information and other free food resources from Redwood Empire Food Bank:

Studies show that malnourishment can diminish a child’s overall learning potential. Of the Sonoma County children who are eligible for free lunches during the school year, just 1 in 10 has access to a similar program during the summer. Additionally, children who do not read over the summer lose an average of one month of academic progress. By middle school, those who have not read during summer breaks may have lost as much as two years’ worth of achievement.