Summer Meals for kids now available at 11 Dallas Public Library branches

Summer Meals for kids now available at 11 Dallas Public Library branches

Besides feeding hungry kids, the free Summer Lunch program is also enhancing the success of the library’s summer activities.

“We’re finding that families are coming for lunch, then staying for the programs, to the point that we are running out of project materials,” said Youth Services Administrator Melissa Dease. For the second year, Dallas Public Library branches are providing free lunches and snacks for kids under age 18. Teen volunteers help serve the lunches, provided by nonprofit hunger organization Equal Heart and funded by the Texas Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program.

During the first two weeks of the program, through June 19, the library has served more than 5,600 lunches and snacks, an average of 36 a day at each branch. The free meals are available at these branch libraries:

• Arcadia Park, Monday-Friday, 12:15 p.m.
• Bachman Lake, Monday-Friday, noon
• Dallas West, Monday-Friday, noon
• Hampton-Illinois, Monday-Friday, 12:30 p.m.
• Kleberg-Rylie, Tuesday-Friday, noon
• Lancaster-Kiest, Monday-Friday, noon
• North Oak Cliff, Monday-Friday, 12:30 p.m.
• Polk-Wisdom, Monday-Friday, noon
• Skyline, Tuesday-Friday, noon
• Timberglen, Tuesday-Friday, noon
• White Rock Hills, Monday-Friday, noon

“This is a labor of love by library staff members who set the program up and manage it as a way to help kids who might otherwise go hungry,” said Library Director Jo Giudice.

The free lunch program will continue through Aug. 21.

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