The Columbus Metropolitan Library is providing students with free lunches and snacks this summer at nine library locations, according to a press release from the library.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the programs will be offered as grab-and-go services at the branch locations for kids to eat at home.

“So many children in our community rely on free or discounted school lunches,” said Kathy Shahbodaghi, Columbus Metropolitan Library Public Services Director, in the release. “It is absolutely critical that students have access to healthy, nourishing lunches and snacks. It not only benefits the body, but the mind as well.”

The library is partnering with the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department and the Children’s Hunger Alliance for its 19th year of the lunch program and seventh year of the snack program.

A complete list of locations and pick-up times for lunches and snacks can be found at bit.ly/CMLLunches.

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