Local Children Receive Free Lunch at the Library This Summer

San José Public Library kicks-off their Summer Food Program with the Mayor  



What:San José Public Library invites the community to celebrate the kick-off event of their FREESummer Food Program. The celebration marks the beginning of a successful and important program that aims to combat child hunger and is designed to fuel a child’s future through healthy meals. Children are invited to visit all six participating branches where they can enjoy a nutritious meal, this summer.

The kick-off will begin with a storytime featuring the SJ Earthquakes, opening remarks by MayorSam Liccardo and City Librarian, followed by them and other city leaders helping serve lunch tochildren and their families.

Our goal is to serve 200,000 meals this summer, an increase of at least 30% from last year.

When:Thursday, June 16, 2016

Time:11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. *Opening remarks begin at 11:30 a.m. (See attachment for agenda)

Where:Joyce Ellington Branch Library, 491 E. Empire St., San José, CA  95112

Who:Sam Liccardo, Mayor of San José Jill Bourne, City Librarian

Jesus Mendoza, USDA Western Region Administrator Andrew Tarbell, San Jose Earthquakes, first round draft pick. Andmore!

Why:During summer break, many children may not have access to healthy meals when being out of school. The San José Public Library and its partners are committed to nourishing the development of children as studies from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show that kids who are hungry, don’t do as well in school, can’t focus, and are more likely to have behavior problems than those who receive nutritious meals. In addition to receiving nutritious meals and snacks, youth ages 18 and under are provided recreational and learning activities to support their holistic development. For more information, visit: sjpl.org/summerfood

Partners:YMCA, California Summer Meal Coalition, California LibraryAssociation, and Revolution Foods

***Video and Photo Opportunities with City Officials Serving Lunch to Children Including Youth from the Downtown Enrichment Program at Backesto Park Will beAvailable***