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Cleveland Public Library to Provide Free Food and Resources for Children and Families

Cleveland Public Library and the Greater Cleveland Food Bank are working together to ensure no child goes hungry this summer.

From June 8 through August 7, the Library and the Food Bank will provide Grab & Go meals every Thursday for children 18 and under at four Cleveland Public Library branches:

Eastside Meal Sites

Fleet: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Rice: 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Westside Meal Sites

Walz: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Fulton: 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

For the first time, the Greater Cleveland Food Bank’s Outreach Truck will set up outside four Cleveland Public Library branches to give each child enough food for five meals. Food Bank staff will also be available to help adults apply for food assistance and other critical benefits.

“Cleveland Public Library is pleased to partner with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank to offer this vital service to our community. We’re in the business of developing the minds of children, however, we recognize kids can’t thrive and grow without a nutritious meal,” said Felton Thomas, Jr., Executive Director and CEO of Cleveland Public Library. “We want to ease the concerns of parents and guardians by offering a convenient way to get a helping hand.”

We know that we are reaching children that would have otherwise not had summer meals this year and we are so thankful to all of our partners for helping us ensure that kids will have the food they need to thrive and survive.

Diana Davet, Director of Programs at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Food Bank staff will wear masks and gloves when distributing meals. Visitors are strongly encouraged to wear masks and practice social distancing.

“This summer meals program would not be possible without the collaboration of many partners like the Cleveland Public Library working together during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Diana Davet, Director of Programs at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.  “We know that we are reaching children that would have otherwise not had summer meals this year and we are so thankful to all of our partners for helping us ensure that kids will have the food they need to thrive and survive.”

According to the Food Bank, there are 81,000 food insecure children in the Greater Cleveland area and that number is expected to increase during the pandemic.

For a complete list of Grab & Go meal sites, please call the Food Bank’s Help Center at (216) 738-7239, text “FOOD” to 877-877, or visit Food Bank website.