Summer can be a challenging time for families who rely on free or reduced lunch service during the school year. St. Louis County Library will help bridge the gap by offering free lunches to kids ages 2-18 Mondays through Fridays beginning June 6.
Through the program, which is made possible by a partnership with Operation Food Search, children can visit six St. Louis County Library branches between noon and 1 p.m. daily for a nutritious lunch and activities. On Fridays, pizza will be offered as a special treat. The program will be offered at the following library branches: Florissant Valley, Indian Trails, Jamestown Bluffs, Lewis & Clark, Rock Road and Weber Road.
The free summer lunch program is now in its third year. Last year, the library distributed more than 6,000 free lunches at four library branches. The library has added two additional branches to the program for 2016 and expects to distribute more than 14,000 meals. St. Louis County Library hopes to receive additional sponsorship to offer Operation Backpack, which provides a bag of groceries for children to take home on weekends. For more information on supporting Operation Backpack, contact the St. Louis County Library Foundation.
The program is designed to address the nutritional slide some families experience during the summer, as well as reducing academic slide by encouraging families to visit the library. Teen library volunteers assist with the program, which also includes crafts, games and story times.
The program has received support from the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program, Nature’s Bakery and the Staenberg Family Foundation.
For more information about Free Lunch at SLCL, call 314-994-3300.