Library provides meals and snacks this summer to address childhood food insecurity

One in five children in the state of Ohio do not know where their next meal is coming from. Many of these children rely on school meals during the regular school year. But during the summer months, they have nowhere to turn.

That is why the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is teaming up with UMC Food Ministry and Mt. Healthy City Schools to provide meals and snacks for children 18 and younger. People ages 19 through 21 who have been identified as having mental or physical disabilities and are following Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) through their current enrollment in educational programs also are eligible for free summer meals.

The Summer Meals program, sponsored by the USDA and Ohio Department of Education, runs weekdays from June 3–Aug. 16* at the Main Library and select Library locations:

*There will be no meals Thursday, July 4, due to the Fourth of July holiday.

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