Six OC library branches will offer free summer meals to kids

Students receiving meals
(Photo from the OC Public Libraries website)

Did you know that children can receive free summer meals at six OC Public Library branches?

Starting in June, select libraries in Orange County will offer healthy lunches to children and teens 18 and under on weekdays around noon. 

All meals are served on a first-come-first-served basis, and no registration, identification or application is needed. If you’ve got a library card you can even pick up a few books while you’re there.

Lunch at the Library is a project established by the California Library Association and the California Summer Meal Coalition, with grant funding from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. The initiative collaborates with libraries across the state to offer nourishment along with activities to help prevent summer learning loss for children and teens, particularly in lower-income communities.

Branches in Garden Grove and Tustin will start their programs next week. The El Toro and San Juan Capistrano libraries will follow on June 10, and the Costa Mesa-Donald Dungan Library will begin June 20.

Here are all the locations, dates and times across Orange County:

Costa Mesa

Costa Mesa-Donald Dungan Library
1855 Park Ave.
June 20 through July 19
Monday through Friday
Noon to 1 p.m.

Garden Grove

Garden Grove Main Library
11200 Stanford Ave.
June 3 through July 12
Monday through Friday
11 a.m. to noon

Garden Grove Chapman Library
9182 Chapman Ave.
June 3 through July 11
Monday through Thursday
Noon to 1 p.m.

Lake Forest

El Toro Library
24672 Raymond Way
June 10 through July 26
Monday through Friday
Noon to 1 p.m.

San Juan Capistrano

San Juan Capistrano Library
31495 El Camino Real
June 10 through July 25
Monday through Thursday
Noon to 1 p.m.


Tustin Library
345 E. Main St.
June 3 through Aug. 2
Monday through Friday
Noon to 1 p.m.

Lunch at the Library fliers

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