The program is a partnership with the Dayton Metro Library and the Children’s Hunger Alliance, a nonprofit dedicated to ending childhood hunger by improving access to food for more than 500,000 food-insecure children in Ohio.
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,” Mandie Burns, Youth Services Director, said.”
“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 LOCATIONS:
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.