Throughout the summer, children and teens ages 18 and under can get healthy lunches for free at Patchogue-Medford Library.
The meals are being served Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays through Aug. 28 from 12 p.m.-1 p.m. until food runs out.
Danielle Paisley, assistant director at the library, said that the program is a partnership with the Island Harvest organization meant to continue the free and reduced lunch program run during the school year.
The program, which is funded with federal money, started at the library last year bringing in about 30 to 35 kids once-a-week. The success of the program led to it being expanded to three days a week and moved into the lower level’s meeting room.
Meals will consist of the types of food that the federal government considers part of a healthy lunch, which will often be a sandwich of turkey and cheese, ham and cheese or jelly, a fruit cup and juice. Peanut products are not provided in the lunch.
While the library will have to serve the whole lunch, anyone that doesn’t want to have the whole thing can put items on a sharing table for others.
Children ages 9 and under will need to come to the library with a parent, and older kids and teenagers can come to the program on their own.
The meals are being served by the Summer Lunch Helpers group. Teens interested in joining the group to help out can inquire either at the Teen Desk in Patchogue-Medford Library or apply online by clicking here.