OC Public Libraries launched Lunch @ the Library at the Garden Grove Chapman and Garden Grove Main libraries on Monday, June 26th. In its first week, the Garden Grove Chapman and Garden Grove Main Branches served a combined total of over 1,000 free lunches to children 18 and under in the local community. The event will continue for the remaining of the summer, concluding on on August 4th.
OC Public Libraries is joining over 50 other California library sites with the goal of preventing children’s summer hunger and learning loss. A pilot program for Lunch @ the Library was launched in the summer of 2016 at the Garden Grove Chapman Library and served over 2,300 lunches.
In many communities, the summer break can mean an end to learning and enrichment opportunities, and limited access to healthy food, particularly for California’s low-income children. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers summer nutrition programs to enable school districts, municipalities, tribal governments, and nonprofit organizations to serve free, healthy meals to children and teens in low-income neighborhoods when school is out.
Lunches will be served through August 4 (except for the July 4th Holiday), Monday through Thursday from noon to 1:00 pm at the Garden Grove Chapman Library, located at 9182 Chapman Avenue and Monday through Friday from noon to 1:00pm at the Garden Grove Main Library, located at 11200 Stanford Avenue. Everyone 18 and under is eligible to receive a free lunch.
If you would like more information, please contact Matthew Patsel at 714-566-3048 or email at [email protected]
This article was released by the Orange County Public Libraries.