St. Louis County Library and Operation Food Search are teaming up to provide lunches to children this summer at nine library locations starting June 3. Meals will be available free of charge for children ages 18 and under.
These branches will offer a nutritious lunch along with activities for kids from 12–1 p.m. Monday-Friday. On Thursdays, the library will offer Operation Backpack, which provides each family in attendance with a bag of groceries to take home for the weekend. Kids will get pizza as a special treat on Fridays.
The free summer lunch program will be offered at Bridgeton Trails Branch, 3455 McKelvey Road, Bridgeton, MO 63044; Florissant Valley Branch, 195 N. Florissant Road S., Florissant, MO 63031; Indian Trails Branch, 8400 Delport Drive, St. Louis, MO 63114; Jamestown Bluffs Branch, 4153 N. Highway 67, Florissant, MO 63034; Lewis & Clark Branch, 9909 Lewis-Clark Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63136; Natural Bridge Branch, 7606 Natural Bridge Road, St. Louis, MO 63121; Prairie Commons Branch, 915 Utz Lane Hazelwood, MO 63042; Rock Road Branch, 10267 St. Charles Rock Road, St. Ann, MO 63074; Weber Road Branch, 4444 Weber Road, St. Louis, MO 63123
Last year, over 17,000 meals were served at nine library locations.
“Providing summer lunches at the library allows us to reach children who are hungry, while also encouraging them to read over the summer,” said Kristen Sorth, director of the St. Louis County Library.
The meals are funded through the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program and coordinated by Operation Food Search. She library provides complementary activities such as board games, crafts and story times during and after the lunch hour. Teen library volunteers help with the program. Information about Summer Reading Club and how to obtain a library card will also be presented during the free lunch meal times.
Additional support for the summer lunch program is provided by the St. Louis County Library Foundation, Nature’s Bakery, STL City Wide, Tegna and individual donors.
For more information, visit www.slcl.org/summer-lunches.