Mid-Continent Public Library is teaming up with Harvesters – The Community Food Network to help fill children’s minds and tummies this summer by offering a Kids Cafe program.
Seven of the library’s branches will offer free nutritious summer meals to all children and teens through age 18. The theme, Meet and Eat, encourages children to share lunch with their friends and enjoy free programs and activities at the library. Walk-ins are welcome; no registration is required. The library also encourages families to sign up for its Summer Learning Program while they’re there. Learn more about local summer reading programs.
“Mid-Continent Public Library is dedicated to supporting and enhancing the lives of local residents,” said Christen Stein, Associate Director for Public Services at MCPL. “Hosting Harvesters’ Kids Cafe program at our branches is just one more way that we can extend a helping hand to the children and families in our communities who need it most. We’re proud to play a role in supporting the growth and development of the next generation—whether that involves hosting critical early literacy programming or providing nutritious food.”
Kids Cafe will be offered at more than 60 sites this summer as part of Harvesters Childhood Hunger Initiative. Participating Mid-Continent Public Library sites include Blue Ridge Branch, Monday-Friday, noon-1 p.m., through Aug. 11; Buckner Branch, Monday-Friday, 3:30-4:30 p.m., through Aug. 11; Grandview Branch, Monday-Friday, 3-4 p.m., through Aug. 11; North Independence Branch, Monday-Friday, 4-5 p.m., through Aug. 1l; Red Bridge Branch, Mondays from noon-1 p.m. through Aug. 12; Riverside Branch, Monday-Friday from 3-4 p.m. through Aug. 14; and South Independence Branch, Thursdays from 12:30-1:30 p.m. through Aug. 10.
For a list of branch addresses and upcoming library programs, visit mymcpl.org.