Summer Meals and Libraries

On June 29th, Governor Cuomo announced Free Meals to Boost Children’s Nutrition During Summer Months. Through the federally-funded Summer Food Service Program, organizations such as schools, parks, camps, and libraries, can serve free meals to children from low-income households during the summer. According to the Governor’s press release, almost 360,000 children received summer meals in New York in 2014. To find a site in your community or for further information, call 1-800-522-5006 or visit

Libraries can be excellent Summer Food Service Program meal sites, as demonstrated by the 70 public libraries and library branches in New York State that participated in the program in 2014. To learn how your library can participate, visit Information about participation comes from the Summer Reading at New York Libraries partner Hunger Solutions New York.

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New York State Library

Summer Reading at New York Libraries is funded in part through the Federal Library Services and Technology Act, with funds awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services. The New York State Library is a program of the Office of Cultural Education in the New York State Education Department.