MANSFIELD -- The Mansfield/Richland County Public Library’s Main library location began distributing free meal packs to all Richland County children on Nov. 1.
The Children’s Hunger Alliance is sponsoring the meal distribution offered Monday through Friday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Two meals may be picked up on Friday (one for Saturday). The Children’s Department on the 2nd floor of the Main Library will be the pick-up location for these take-home meals. This free meal program is open to all children under the age of 18 regardless of financial status, and customers need only provide the child’s name to receive a free, healthy, shelf-stable meal.
The mission of the Children’s Hunger Alliance “is to ensure that children without access receive healthy food, nutrition education, and physical activity.”
MRCPL is one of more than 250 programs throughout Ohio partnering with Children’s Hunger Alliance to help provide nutritious meals to children who may not have weekday evening meals available at home.
“This partnership with Children’s Hunger Alliance is one that I have been interested in for quite a while," Library Director Chris May said. "We already know that the resources our library provides are essential to the mental development of the children in Richland County.
"The opportunity to supplement those resources with a healthy meal further strengthens MRCPL’s mission to be a community center, open to all, supporting a vibrant quality for residents of our community.”
For more information about this free meal program now being offered at MRCPL go to mrcpl.org.