COLUMBUS—Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) is once again partnering with Children’s Hunger Alliance to provide afterschool snacks to students at several CML locations. This marks the third year of the partnership. In 2015, CML and Children’s Hunger Alliance piloted the program at CML’s Hilltop and Karl Road branches. The service has since expanded and now includes the following CML locations:
- Driving Park Branch | Monday-Friday, 3:45-4:15 p.m.
- Franklinton Branch | Monday-Friday, 4:15-4:45 p.m.
- Hilltop Branch | Monday-Friday, 4:15-4:45 p.m.
- Karl Road Branch | Monday-Friday, 4-4:30 p.m.
- Linden Branch | Monday-Friday, 4-4:30 p.m.
- Livingston Branch | Monday-Friday, 4-4:30 p.m.
- Main Library | Monday-Friday, 4-4:30 p.m.
- Martin Luther King Branch | Monday-Friday, 4-4:30 p.m.
- Northern Lights Branch | Monday-Friday, 4:15-4:45 p.m.
- Parsons Branch | Monday-Friday, 4-4:30 p.m.
- Reynoldsburg Branch | Monday-Friday, 4-5 p.m.
- Shepard Branch | Monday-Friday, 4:15-4:45 p.m.
- Southeast Branch | Monday-Thursday, 3:45-4:15 p.m.
- Whitehall Branch | Monday-Friday, 4-4:30 p.m.
These locations self-selected for the program based on student need. A typical snack provided by Children’s Hunger Alliance consists of a fresh fruit or vegetable or yogurt and milk.
“We’re in the business of helping students succeed and research has shown that they are better able to focus on their schoolwork after they’ve eaten,” said CML CEO Patrick Losinski. “Since so many students utilize our Homework Help Centers after school, we see this partnership as an impactful way to help children concentrate and learn.”
“We know that more than 20 percent of children in Franklin County live in food-insecure homes where they are not guaranteed an afterschool snack or even dinner each night," said Judy Mobley, President and CEO of Children's Hunger Alliance. "We help provide healthy meals and snacks to 100 afterschool programs in central Ohio so that children can concentrate on their homework and have the energy to participate in afterschool activities. We appreciate the partnership with Columbus Metropolitan Library to help provide the nutrition kids of all ages need to thrive.”
Founded in 1970 in Columbus, Children’s Hunger Alliance is a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to ending childhood hunger in Ohio. The organization’s mission is to purposefully ensure children without access receive healthy food, nutrition education and physical activity. The organization works with partners including the USDA and Ohio Department of Education to help provide millions of nutritious meals and snacks to hungry children throughout Ohio. Learn more at childrenshungeralliance.org.
Columbus Metropolitan Library has served the people of Franklin County, Ohio since 1873. With its Main Library and 22 branches, CML is well known for signature services and programs like Homework Help, Reading Buddies, Summer Reading Club and Ready for Kindergarten. The library’s Strategic Plan supports the vision of “a thriving community where wisdom prevails,” which positions CML to respond to areas of urgent need: kids unprepared for kindergarten, third grade reading proficiency, high school graduation, college readiness and employment resources.
CML was named a 2011 National Medal Winner by the Institute for Museum and Library Services for work in community service, the highest honor for libraries and museums. Columbus Metropolitan Library has been rated a 5-Star Library by Library Journal for seven of the eight years the magazine has published its industry ratings.