Dayton Metro Library is pleased to partner with the Children’s Hunger Alliance to offer free After-School Snack Time at seven Library locations. Any child age 18 and younger is invited to drop by on weekdays to enjoy a selection of free snacks to combat after-school hunger.
According to 2017 statistics from the Dayton Foodbank, 93,210 people in Montgomery County struggle with food insecurity, with 26,350 of them being children. While many children receive free or reduced-priced meals at school, they often go without healthy food outside of school hours.
“Providing food to kids who are hungry is so important,” said Mandie Burns, Youth Services Director. “We know that kids can’t attend to other things, like homework, when they are hungry. As a public library, we have the partnerships in place to step in and meet some of the needs we see in our community.”
AFTER-SCHOOL SNACK TIME
Monday through Friday at these Dayton Metro Library locations:
Burkhardt, 4680 Burkhardt Ave. 45431 | 3:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Electra C. Doren, 701 Troy St. 45404 | 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Madden Hills, 2542 Germantown St. 45417 | 3:30 - 4:15 p.m.
Main Library, 215 E. Third St. 45402 | 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Northwest, 2410 Philadelphia Dr. 45406 | 3:30 - 4:00 p.m.
West Carrollton, 300 E. Central Ave. 45449 | 2:15 - 2:45 p.m.
Westwood, 3207 Hoover Ave. 45407 | 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
There are plans to expand the program to 10 eligible Branch Libraries this summer, and continue with all 10 locations into the next school year.
Founded in 1970, Children’s Hunger Alliance is a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to ending childhood hunger by improving access to food for the more than 500,000 food-insecure children in Ohio. Through their work, Children’s Hunger Alliance provides healthy meals to hungry children, advocates for the welfare of Ohio’s youngest citizens and teaches nutrition and physical education to those they serve.