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Kenton Public Library offering free lunches all summer so kids don’t have to go hungry

The Kenton County Public Library has partnered with area school districts and the USDA Summer Food Service program to make sure that children do not go hungry this summer.

Children under the age of 18 can go to any of the three Library locations for lunch during specified times. Anyone older than the age of 18 can purchase lunch at a reduced cost.

Lunches are available to anyone regardless of income and begin this week.
According to Feeding America, when kids have empty stomachs, they don’t have the energy to focus, engage, learn and grow. The Library puts an army of effort into encouraging children to keep reading during the summer months so that they can stay on track when they return to school in the fall.

Lise Tewes, Children’s Librarian for the Kenton County Public Library, says it makes sense to offer free lunches at the Library.
“In the summer months, our message is “read, read, read” but when you are hungry it’s hard to focus.  We do a lot of programs for children in mid-morning so it’s nice that they can go from a program, to picking out books then head over to lunch in one convenient place! We provide the location and the schools provide the food.”
While all three Library branches are offering lunches, days and times vary:

· Covington Branch Library
Monday-Friday from June 5, 12:30-1 pm
Sponsored by the Covington Public School District
· William E. Durr Branch Library
Wednesdays in June and July starting June 7, noon-1 pm
Sponsored by the Kenton County School District
· Erlanger Branch Library
Monday-Friday from June 5 through July 28, 11:30 am-1 pm
Sponsored by the Erlanger/Elsmere School District Food Service Department
The USDA Summer Food Service Program also sponsors all of the lunches.

This is the fourth year the Kenton County Public Library has been a part of the summer lunch program.

For more information please call (859) 962-4000.

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