Lunch at the Library

Fuel your summer

Lunch at the Library provides free meals to youth when school is out for the summer. Starting June 18 through August 9, meals will be distributed at 14 library locations Tuesdays through Fridays from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

Lunch is available for youth 18 and under who are physically present. Meals must be consumed on-site. No registration is required. Drop-ins are welcome. 
  • Eligibility documentation is not required
  • Provided for free to all youth 18 and under
  • Look for signage at the library or meeting room entrance 

* Please note: Lunch will not be served on Juneteenth (June 19) and Independence Day (July 4). All libraries will be closed for those holidays.

Meal Locations
Meal sites are available at 14 library locations: Arcade, CarmichaelColonial Heights, Del Paso HeightsElk Grove, Fair OaksMartin Luther King, Jr., North Highlands - Antelope, North Sacramento - Hagginwood, Rancho Cordova,  Rio Linda, SouthgateSylvan Oaks, and Valley Hi - North Laguna.
USDA Meal Finder
Find a summer site in your community with our Summer Meal Site Finder mapping tool. You can also text “Summer Meals” to 914-342-7744 or call 1-866-348-6479 to find a site near you.

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This project was supported in whole or in part by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Have Questions?
Do we need to fill out paperwork?

Meals are provided without question for free to kids from 0-18 years of age. You don't have to show ID, nor fill out any paperwork.

Why are meals served at the library?

During the summer families don’t always have consistent access to free meals since school is not in session. The library provides free Lunch at the Library to help fuel kids' learning. Libraries offer convenient neighborhood locations to eat a meal as well as pick up reading materials, games, DVDs, and more. 


Who pays for Lunch at the Library?

The Summer Food Service Program is a program of the U. S. Department of Agriculture, administered in California by the California Department of Education.  Lunch at the Library is a project of the California State Library in partnership with the California Library Association and supported with funds from the State of California.

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