Dayton Metro Library’s partnership with the Children’s Hunger Alliance continues this fall, with free, shelf-stable meal pickup available at all Dayton Metro Library Branches through December. Each week, parents are invited to pick up five meals per child at the Branch Library nearest them. Pick up times are 4:30 - 5:30 pm at all locations. No registration is needed.
Dayton Metro Library will distribute produce boxes, along with the shelf-stable meals, through August 27 at these Library locations and times:
TUESDAYS, 4:30 - 5:30 pm
WEDNESDAYS, 4:30 - 5:30 pm
THURSDAYS, 4:30 - 5:30 pm
There will be no meal distribution on dates the Library is closed: November 26 (Thanksgiving), December 24 (Christmas Eve) and December 31 (New Year’s Eve).
“The Library has had a unique opportunity to help meet an unexpectedly critical need in our communities, and that need continues as the school year begins,” said Mandie Burns, Dayton Metro Library's Youth Services Coordinator. “Whether children are in the classroom or at home, it's impossible for them to learn if they're hungry. We are pleased to continue our partnership with the Children’s Hunger Alliance, connecting our patrons with support they need.”
Over 10 weeks from June through August, more than 155,540 shelf-stable meals were distributed from Dayton Metro Libraries to 15,670 children. Individual volunteers and volunteer groups donated more than 700 hours of service to the Library for this program.
The Library is seeking additional volunteers to help pre-pack and serve meals this fall. To volunteer, complete a volunteer application online at DaytonMetroLibrary.org/Volunteer.