Grant County Library provides free lunches for kids over the summer
Anthony Mirones, Anthony.Mirones@wcpo.com
7:10 PM, Jul 9, 2013
7:21 PM, Jul 9, 2013
WILLIAMSTOWN, Ky. - The Grant County Library says it's important to "feed kids' minds," especially when kids are out of school over the summer.
"Fill them up with knowledge," says library director Susan Nimersheim. "Early literacy is so important for their future development."
But the library doesn't stop there. It fills kids' bellies, too.
The library provides free lunches for kids over the summer and charges just $2 for adults. It's an important service in Grant County, where 61 percent of public school students are on free or reduced lunch during the school year.
"To my knowledge we are the only free lunch site in the county for 18 and younger," Nimersheim said.
So far, the library has provided 800 lunches this summer – an average of 32 per day.
Money for the free lunches comes from a $10,000 grant from the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, and the Institute of Museum & Library Services.
The grant also pays for employees and reading and craft time.
Pamela Clifton, a grandmother, likes the program.
"We come to the library, of course, to get books and videos, and so the lunch is really great," Clifton said.
The program runs Monday through Friday, 11:30 p.m. to 12:30 p.m., until school begins in August.