The library is partnering this summer with USD #501, Kansas Department of Education and Harvesters to provide free meals to any children 1 through 18 years of age. Free lunches are served Monday through Friday from noon to 1:00 pm at Lowman Hill Elementary across from the library parking lot. Library staff and volunteers are involved in the program.
The library’s community impact goal is to ensure that every child in Topeka and Shawnee County is ready for kindergarten. “Our efforts this summer are aligned with our impact goal,” said Rob Banks, Library COO. “A hungry child can’t learn and retain like a child who is fed.”
Also, the library’s AdventureMobile is providing a shelf-stable meal through Harvesters. On Fridays, it provides BackSnacks, which is food designed to last over the weekend.
The library got involved in the program because schools were not remaining open this summer like usual to offer the USDA’s summer meal program.