Summer Lunch at the Library
Since 2015, Sonoma County Library has partnered with Redwood Empire Food Bank to offer free summer lunches at eligible library branches. 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. Studies show that malnourishment can diminish a child’s overall learning potential.
Although Sonoma County Library is still not able to offer lunch service at library locations in 2021 due to the continued COVID-19 health crisis, the library is participating in the statewide initiative to combat summer food insecurity by offering reading support and library resources for children aged 0-18, at free lunch locations throughout the county.
In 2021, library staff is preparing to visit 30 county-wide free summer lunch sites, with books and family literacy materials to support reading and learning at home. We are able to offer this support thanks to a grant from the California State Library and the State of California.
Click below for links to summer lunch information and other free food resources from Redwood Empire Food Bank: