Lunch at the Library

Fuel your summer

Lunch at the library logoLunch at the Library provides free, healthy meals to kids when school is out. Starting June 18 through August 9, meals will be distributed at 14 library locations Tuesdays through Fridays from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Meals are offered for youth 18 and under who are physically present and lunch must be consumed on site. No registration required, drop ins welcome.
  • Eligibility documentation is not required
  • Provided for free to all children 18 years and younger
  • Look for signage at the library or meeting room entrance 

Meal Locations
Meal sites are available at 14 library locations: Arcade, CarmicahelColonial Heights, Del Paso HeightsElk Grove, Fair OaksMartin Luther King, Jr., North Highlands - Antelope, North Sacramento - HagginwoodRancho Cordova Rio Linda, SouthgateSylvan Oaks, and Valley Hi - North Laguna.

Paid Positions for Teens
We’re looking for teens ages 14-19 to be Library Program Coordinators for Lunch at the Library this summer. This is a chance to work with a team to provide free lunches and activities to youth and families in the community.
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.

California State Library logo
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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