Several Glendale libraries will serve free lunches to children on weekdays, starting Monday through Aug. 4.
After testing the program called "Lunch is on Us" at one Glendale library, it is expanding to three other libraries this year as part of a partnership with the Glendale Unified School District. The program was started by the California Library Association.
"School's out. And the kids have lost their access to lunch that they normally got at no charge because their families qualified," said Theresa Robinett, senior library supervisor. "So what a better to have these programs than at the libraries."
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Children, from toddlers to teens, who eat lunch eight times during the program will get to choose and take home a free book.
"We're feeding their brains and we're feeding their tummies," Robinett said.
The locations and times for free lunches are:
- Central Library, 222 E. Harvard St., from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Library visitors can park for free for three hours in the MarketPlace parking structure on Harvard Street with validation at the Central Library service desk on the main floor.
- Grandview Library, 1535 Fifth St., from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The library is currently under renovation, so children can enjoy a picnic lunch in the library's parking lot.
- Casa Verdugo Library, 1151 N. Brand Blvd., from 11:40 a.m. to 12:40 p.m.
- Library Connection @ Adams Square, 1100 E. Chevy Chase Drive, from 11:40 a.m. to 12:40 p.m.