Central Library fights against summer hunger

FRESNO, Calif.

Weekdays from June 17th to August 9th at the Central Library, anyone regardless of income, between the ages of 1-18 can eat a healthy lunch for free at the Central Library from 12-1pm. Provided by program sponsor Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission, lunches are available on a first come, first served basis.

The Lunch at the Library program, in partnership with the California Library Association and the California Summer Meal Coalition, brings together the Library's longstanding summer reading tradition with a lunchtime meal, in an effort to combat summer learning loss and summer hunger.

Studies show that malnourishment can diminish a child's overall learning potential. Of the Fresno County children who are eligible for free lunches during the school year, just 1 in 10 have access to it during the summer. Add to that the fact that children who don't read over the summer lose on average one month of academic progress. By middle school, those who haven't read during the summer may have lost as much as two years' worth of achievement.

Free summer breakfast & lunch program begins at 7 locations today. All children in Clovis Unified community are invited to take part in this year's free USDA Summer Breakfast & Lunch program. It offers free meals to those 18 and under. Anyone over 18 can purchase breakfast for $1.75 and lunch for $3.50. Meals are served Monday through Thursday in the cafeterias of the following schools. Breakfast is served from 8-8:30, Lunch is from 11-11:30.

- Clovis Elementary (June 17- July 18) - Cole Elementary - Lincoln Elementary - Nelson Elementary - Oraze Elementary - Reagan Elementary - Clovis East High - Clovis Community Day

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