Summer Meals for Kids now available at 20 Dallas Public Library branches
This summer, 20 Dallas Public Library branches are providing free summer lunches and snacks to children and teens under age 18 in partnership with the nonprofit hunger organization Equal Heart.
The program aims to feed hungry kids who are accustomed to receiving free and reduced lunch at school, but it also brings families into the library to take advantage of summer enrichment activities, such as the Mayor’s Summer Reading Club, Summer Book Buddies reading tutoring, and hands-on STEAM programs or performers.
Free summer lunches and snacks are available at these branch libraries:
- Arcadia Park, Monday-Friday, 12:15 p.m.
- Audelia Road, Monday-Friday, 1 p.m.
- Bachman Lake, Monday-Friday, 12:30 p.m.
- Dallas West, Monday-Friday, noon
- Fretz Park, Tuesday-Friday, 12:15 p.m.
- Grauwyler Park, Tuesday-Friday, 4 p.m.
- Hampton-Illinois, Monday-Friday, 1 p.m.
- Highland Hills, Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.
- Kleberg-Rylie, Tuesday-Friday, noon
- Lochwood, Tuesday-Friday, noon
- Martin Luther King, Tuesday-Friday, 3 p.m.
- North Oak Cliff, Monday-Friday, 12:30 p.m.
- Park Forest, Tuesday-Friday, 11:30 a.m.
- Paul Laurence Dunbar Lancaster-Kiest, Monday-Friday, noon
- Pleasant Grove, Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.
- Polk-Wisdom, Tuesday-Thursday, noon
- Prairie Creek, Tuesday-Friday, 3:30 p.m.
- Skyline, Tuesday-Friday, noon
- Timberglen, Tuesday-Friday, noon
- White Rock Hills, Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.
No proof of need or pre-registration is required to receive the meals. The free lunch program will continue through Aug. 19. The meals are funded by the Texas Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program.
Last summer, the Library served 14,750 lunches and 22,837 snacks at 11 locations. Eight branches continued meal service during the school year as after school “super snacks.” Nearly 9,000 after school meals were served in conjunction with enrichment programming.