COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) — This summer, the Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) will offer free lunch and snacks to Central Ohio's students.
On Thursday, the library announced that it has partnered with Columbus Recreation & Parks Department, and the Children's Hunger Alliance to provide the meals at nine CML locations. This is the 19th year that CML has offered summer lunch, and the seventh year that it has offered summer snacks.
However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, things will operate a little differently this summer. Lunches and snacks will be distributed from branch parking lots as grab & go meals for kids to take home.
“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.”
Last year, CML served more than 33,000 lunches and snacks to children 18 and younger.
Click here for a list and schedule of CML's summer lunch and snack locations.