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Local youth can find a free lunch at these library locations

(Southside daily file/Courtesy of Pixabay)
(Southside Daily file/Courtesy of Pixabay)

NORFOLK — For the fourth year in a row, the Norfolk Public Library is partnering with Norfolk Public Schools’ Department of School Nutrition to serve free meals for children, officials said in a news release.

During the summer, eight neighborhood branches will be serving lunch, and the downtown Slover Library will offer breakfast and lunch.

The Summer Meals Program is open to all children 18 and younger, and no enrollment is necessary ─ just show up to a feeding site during serving times to participate.

Nutritious meals are provided by NPS’ Department of Nutrition, and last summer, the Library served a total of 556 breakfasts and 5,710 lunches to children, officials said.

“Norfolk Public Library believes in taking care of our children to help them become lifelong learners,” said Norfolk’s Director of Public Libraries Sonal Rastogi. “We believe that healthy children equal lifelong learning, and to achieve this goal, we have partnered with NPS to ensure that children are getting the nutrition they need during the summer months.”

Below is a list and schedule of NPL’s Summer Meals Program participating locations.

Residents can also text ‘FOOD’ to 877-877 to find free summer meals near them.

 Library Branch  Meal Day  Time
Barron F. Black  Lunch Friday  Noon – 1 p.m.
Blyden  Lunch Monday – Friday  12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.
H.C. Downing  Lunch Friday  Noon – 2 p.m.
Janaf  Lunch Friday  Noon – 1 p.m.
Jordan-Newby  Lunch Friday  Noon – 2 p.m.
Lafayette  Lunch Friday  11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Pretlow  Lunch Monday – Friday  Noon – 1 p.m.
Slover  Breakfast Monday – Friday  9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Slover  Lunch Monday – Friday 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

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