BCPL Provides Free Snacks and Dinners for Children

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Healthy meals provided after school through Baltimore County Public Library and Good Harvest Community Kitchen. | Photo: Baltimore County Public Library


The Baltimore County Public Library is providing free meals and after-school snacks to children in need at several participating branches.

All children age 18 and younger are eligible to pick up grab-and-go packs every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Packs include two snacks with juice and two cold dinners with fresh fruit, vegetables and milk.

Assembled and delivered by Good Harvest Community Kitchen—a Baltimore-based nonprofit focused on combatting food insecurity—the packs utilize seasonal and local produce to support healthy nutrition.

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Good Harvest Community Kitchen uses fresh seasonal produce. | Photo: Baltimore County Public Library

One in every three children in Baltimore City live in a food desert, according to the nonprofit’s website, meaning they don’t always have access to foods that are nutritionally adequate.

These meals are meant to help close that gap for children in the city and beyond.

All provided meals are funded by the Maryland State Department of Education.

Adults are not eligible for this service, but additional resources for families such as meals and discounted groceries (including baby formula) are available through 211md.org or by dialing 2-1-1.

Children who cannot make the pick-up times at the library may have an adult provide their first name and last initial to pick up on their behalf.

Participating branches include:

  • Arbutus
  • Essex
  • Lansdowne
  • Loch Raven
  • Randallstown
  • Reisterstown
  • Rosedale
  • Sollers Point
  • White Marsh
  • Woodlawn

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