Baltimore County offers free meals at schools and libraries this summer

Source: The Baltimore Sun

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"Baltimore County Public Schools will begin serving free breakfast and lunch Wednesday at 44 schools — including six in the Catonsville and Arbutus areas — to children who might rely on similar services during the school year.

Ten county branch libraries have been providing free lunch since June 19 and will offer meals until Aug. 25, while participating schools will serve breakfast and lunch from July 5 to July 28 as part of the Summer Food Service Program.

The local participating schools include Halethorpe Elementary School, Johnnycake Elementary School, Lansdowne Elementary School, Lansdowne Middle School, and Riverview Elementary School. The area libraries providing meals include the Arbutus Library, the Lansdowne Library, and the Woodlawn Library.

"The whole point and purpose of the programis to provide nourishment to youngsters in need," said Karen Levenstein, director of the school system's Office of Food and Nutrition Services. "… We encourage with all of our heart for families to come out and utilize these programs that are available."

As summer is officially in full swing, more and more summer meals sites are opening up across the state to help feed hungry kids who would normally rely on school breakfast and lunch. This not only helps kids, but also their families by saving money on groceries during the summer, which is reported to be one of the hungriest times of the year. Local community organizations like libraries and schools can provide food as well as a safe place for kids to play and interact with their peers. To find a summer meals site near you text "FOOD" to 877-877 or go to for more information.