June 25, 2020

Library offers students free summer lunch and snack

Partnership program offered at nine library locations this summer

COLUMBUS—Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) has once again partnered with Columbus Recreation & Parks Department and Children’s Hunger Alliance to provide students with free lunches and snacks at nine CML locations.

This year, due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, lunches and snacks will be distributed from branch parking lots as grab & go meals for kids to take home.

This marks the 19th year CML has offered Summer Lunch and the seventh year it has offered Summer Snack. Last year, CML served more than 33,000 lunches and snacks to children 18 and younger.

“So many children in our community rely on free or discounted school lunches,” says CML Public Services Director Kathy Shahbodaghi. “It is absolutely critical that students have access to healthy, nourishing lunches and snacks. It not only benefits the body, but the mind as well.”

Click here for a list and schedule of CML’s Summer Lunch and Summer Snack locations.

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 Challenge 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 and career 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. CML was also named 2010 Library of the Year by Library Journal.