County libraries serving free lunches to youth this summer

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San Pablo Library, 13751 San Pablo Ave. (Photo credit: Pineapple Creative)

At eight Contra Costa Library locations including the San Pablo and El Cerrito libraries, free lunches will be offered to youth 18 and under during summer.

Along with lunch, the libraries will offer a variety of free programs including board games, arts and crafts, musical performances, Legos, movies, and more.

The free meals program, a project of the California Library Association and supported by state funds, is an effort to prevent a summer nutrition gap for low-income children lacking access to nutritional meals when school is out. The meals are provided by local school districts.

“The ideal learning environment for children is one that includes a nutritious meal that allows them to focus on reading instead of hunger,” said Supervisor Karen Mitchoff. “The Library can help by providing the space and the food to help them succeed.”

In addition to lunch, the libraries will offer a variety of free programs including board games, arts and crafts, musical performances, Legos, movies, and more. Lunches are free for kids and teens 18 and under.

Lunch at the Library locations and schedule:

Antioch
501 W. 18th Street
Monday through Thursday: 12 – 1 p.m.
June 10 – July 25
For more information, call (925) 757-9224

Concord
2900 Salvio Street
Tuesday and Thursdays: 1 – 2 p.m.
June 18 – July 18
For more information, call (925) 646-5455

Crockett
991 Loring Avenue
Wednesdays and Fridays: 12 – 1 p.m.
June 12 – August 9
For more information, call (510) 787-2345

El Cerrito
6510 Stockton Avenue
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays: 12 – 1 p.m.
June 11 – August 8
For more information, call (510) 526-7512

Martinez
740 Court Street
Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays: 12 – 1 p.m.
June 10 – July 31
For more information, call (925) 646-9900

Pittsburg
80 Power Avenue
Tuesday through Friday: 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
June 11 – August 2
For more information, call (925) 427-8390

Rodeo
220 Pacific Avenue
Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays: 1 – 2 p.m.
June 10 – August 8
For more information, call (510) 799-2606

San Pablo Library
13751 San Pablo Avenue
Monday through Thursday: 12 – 2 p.m.
June 10 – August 15
For more information, call (510) 374-3998

Meals for Lunch at the Library are provided by the Antioch Unified School District, Mount Diablo Unified School District, John Swett Unified School District, West Contra Costa Unified School District, Martinez Unified School District and the Pittsburg Unified School District.

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