St. Louis County Library and Operation Food Search have teamed up to expand the library’s free meal program for children. Kids and teens may now visit the Weber Road Branch from 2:30-4:30 p.m., Natural Bridge Branch 3-4:30 p.m. and the Lewis & Clark Branch 3:30-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday during the school year for a healthy grab-and-go meal and activities.
SLCL and Operation Food Search have partnered for several years to provide free meals to children during the summer months; in 2017, more than 15,000 summer lunches were provided. This is the first time the library has offered an after-school meal program. The program, which is free of charge to all kids ages 5-18, is funded through the USDA’s Child and Adult Care Food Program and coordinated by Operation Food Search. The library will also provide activities like board games, crafts, movies and story times.
“We’ve had a strong partnership with Operation Food Search for the past several years,” said Kristen Sorth, director of the St. Louis County Library. “Providing after school meals is a great opportunity to continue that partnership and help fight childhood hunger by providing access to healthy options while promoting literacy and learning throughout the school year.”
The Weber Road Branch is located in South St. Louis County at 4444 Weber Rd., St. Louis, MO. The Natural Bridge Branch is located in Normandy at 7606 Natural Bridge Rd., St. Louis, MO. The Lewis & Clark Branch is located at 9909 Lewis-Clark Blvd. in North County.
St. Louis County Library and the Saint Louis Chess Club have also teamed up to provide free chess lessons to children ages 5-18 as part of the free meal program. Saint Louis Chess Club will offer classes from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Lewis & Clark and Weber Road branches, and from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Natural Bridge Branch.