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County Library Branches Offering Free Summer Meals for Kids

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Free healthy lunches for children 18 and under are available once again this summer at several San Diego County Library branches. Two locations are also offering breakfast and one location is providing dinner as well.

The library is partnering with the Summer Meals Coalition to provide the meals to children throughout the county to fill the gap in nutrition during the summer months. During the school year, many local children rely on discount lunch programs to get proper nutrition.

“The free lunch program is a perfect example of the essential services San Diego County Library provides,” said Anna Hartman, Program Services Librarian.  “The program ensures that kids and teens have a nutritious meal during the summer, and welcomes them into the library to participate in other programs, check out books, and become lifelong readers.”

No documentation or enrollment is required. The free lunches are available at the following locations and times:

Borrego Springs Library, 587 Palm Canyon Dr. (in partnership with the California Summer Meal Coalition and Feeding America San Diego):

  • Tuesday – Friday at 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; June 21- September 1

Casa de Oro Library, 9805 Campo Rd. #180 (in partnership with Heaven’s Window):

  • Monday – Friday at 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.; June 20 – August 5

El Cajon Library, 201 E. Douglas (in partnership with the Cajon Valley School District):

  • Monday – Friday at 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; June 22 – July 31

Jacumba Library, 44605 Old Hwy. 80 (in partnership with the California Library Association, California Summer Meal Coalition and Feeding America San Diego):

  • Tuesday – Friday at 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.; June 23 – August 19

Julian Library, 1850 Highway 78 (in partnership with the Seamless Summer nutrition program, the Julian School Districts and Feeding America San Diego):

  • Breakfast: Tuesday – Friday at 9 a.m.; June 14 – July 22
  • Lunch: Tuesday – Friday at 12:00 p.m.; June 14 – July 22
  • Lunch only: Tuesday – Friday at 12:00 p.m.; July 26 – August 5

Lincoln Acres Library, 2725 Granger Ave. (in partnership with the California Library Association, California Summer Meal Coalition, and Feeding America San Diego):

  • Tuesday – Friday at 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.; June 21 – July 28

Ramona Library, 1275 Main St. (Ramona Summer Meals Program):

  • Monday– Friday at 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; June 13 – August 19

Spring Valley Library, 836 Kempton St. (in partnership with San Diego County Parks & Recreation, Spring Valley REC Club, La Mesa-Spring Valley School District and Heaven’s Windows):

  • Breakfast: Monday – Friday at 9:30 a.m.; June 20 – August 12
  • Lunch: Monday – Friday at 12:30 p.m.; June 20 – August 12
  • Dinner: Monday – Friday at  4:00 p.m.; June 20 – August 12

Valley Center Library, 29200 Cole Grade Rd. (in partnership with the California Library Association, California Summer Meal Coalition and Feeding America San Diego):

  • Lunch: Monday – Friday at 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.; June 13 – July 22

Vista Library, 700 Eucalyptus Ave. (in partnership with the California Library Association, California Summer Meal Coalition and Feeding America San Diego):

  • Monday – Friday at 12 p.m.; June 13 – August 5

For more information about the project visit www.cla-net.org or www.summermealcoalition.org. For more information on San Diego County Library, visit www.sdcl.org.

Tom Christensen is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact