First Posted: 7/3/2014 11:22:36 AM | Last Updated: 7/3/2014 11:25:47 AM
It’s hard for children to keep their brains humming when their tummies are empty. In order to fill the nutritional gap of free and reduced-cost lunches provided during the school year, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is partnering with Cincinnati Public Schools and Window Arts Enrichment to provide free lunches during the summer. In addition to providing nutritious lunches to all children age 18 and younger, special programs and literacy-based activities are planned around the lunch serving time to keep kids’ reading skills sharp all summer long.
Lunches are available Monday through Friday, June 9 through Aug. 8, (except Friday, July 4) at these locations:
Cincinnati Public Schools Main Library ─ Teenspot & Children’s Learning Center 12:15–12:45 p.m.
Avondale 12:15–12:45 p.m.
Bond Hill 12:30–1 p.m.
College Hill 1–2 p.m.
Madisonville 12:30–1 p.m.
West End 12:30–1 p.m.
Window Arts Enrichments Covedale 12:15–12:45 p.m.
Deer Park 1–1:30 p.m.
Elmwood Place 12:30–1 p.m.
Forest Park 12:30–1 p.m.
Groesbeck 12:30–1 p.m.
North Central 12:30–1 p.m.
Reading 2-2:45 p.m.
Sharonville noon to 12:45 p.m.
In 2012, the Library worked with Cincinnati Public Schools to provide more than 8,800 free lunches to children and teens at selected locations between June and August. In 2013, Window Arts Enrichment joined the partnership to expand to 15 summer feeding sites and to serve more than 13,000 lunches.
For more information about Summer Lunches and the Summer Learning programs, visit www.CincinnatiLibrary.org/SummerLearn or call 513-369-6900.
Thanks to our Summer Learning Sponsors: Kroger, Newman’s Own Foundation, Western & Southern Financial Group, Wing Eyecare, Duke Energy, Dollar General Literacy Foundation, PNC Grow Up Great, the Summertime Kids grant from the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Gold Star Chili, the Friends of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, the Anderson Township Library Association and the Hamilton County Juvenile Court Advisory Council.
Thanks also to our media sponsors: The Enquirer/Cincinnati.com, Cincy Magazine, Cincinnati Family Magazine, WMKV 89.3 FM and Hulafrog.