Free Lunch for Kids This Summer in L.A. County

School’s out for summer. That means fun in the sun — and food insecurity for many of the 20 million kids who rely on free and reduced-price school lunches. As a recent report by the Food Research & Action Center says, Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation, and only 1 in 6 eligible children and teens receive free lunches during the summer.

But that free lunch is out there, and your local public library might be the place to find it (and to beat the heat). The USDA-funded Lunch at the Library program estimates that this year 198 public libraries in California will serve 275,000 free meals.

Here are some online resources to help low-income families find free lunches — at libraries and other locations throughout Los Angeles County (where the Family Strengthening Network is based):

Beyond nutritional sustenance, public libraries are a great community resource for families. For instance:

If you work in home visiting or another family support service, encourage your clients to stop by the local public library to nourish their bodies and their brains.

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