Free Meals

Free Meals

In an effort to combat hunger, The Library is partnering with UMC Food Ministry, opens a new window and La Soupe, opens a new window to bring meals to select Library locations.

Frozen Meals for All Ages

On Mondays from 3-6 p.m., La Soupe will provide individual or family sized frozen meals for all ages, while supplies last. One meal per person. Youth do not need to be present to receive a meal.

La Soupe frozen meal service will be discontinued after April 26, 2021.

Meal Boxes for Youth

Meal boxes from UMC Food Ministry will be available for pickup on Mondays from 3-5 p.m. at the following locations while supplies last. Each box will include seven dinner meals and seven snacks. Youth do not need to be present to receive a box. All meals and snacks are shelf stable and ready to eat.

Meal service locations and serving times are subject to change.

Who is Eligible for Meal Boxes

All children ages 1 through 18 are eligible to receive free meals. Individuals ages 19 through 21 who have been identified as having mental or physical disabilities and are following Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) through their current enrollment in educational programs also are eligible for free meals. All ages are eligible for frozen meals from La Soupe. There are no other eligibility requirements.

About The Meal Box Service

According to Feeding America, opens a new window, over 50,000 children in Hamilton County live in a food insecure household. That means one in four children are unsure of where their next meal is coming from. Children facing hunger are more likely to struggle with school and exhibit behavioral problems.

The UMC meal service is made possible through federal funding, as part of the USDA's Child and Nutrition Programs, opens a new window. La Soupe meals are funded through grants and donations to their organization.

Last updated March 5, 2020

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