Restarting Ohio: Free meals for children available at all Dayton Metro Library branches

Library to distribute fruits, vegetables as well

Restarting Ohio: Free meals for children available at all Dayton Metro Library branches
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Free meals for children are now available at all 18 Dayton Metro Library branches through the Ohio Department of Education authorization to the Children’s Hunger Alliance to expand meal distribution to the library locations.

That OK targeted expanded meal distribution at the Wilmington-Stroop and Kettering-Moraine branches of the library system.

The library also received a grant from the COVID-19 Response Fund for Greater Dayton to cover food distribution at the remaining two branches, Brookville and Vandalia, so free shelf-stable meals are now available at all 18 library locations.

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Each week, parents can pick up 10 meals per child (2 meals per day) at the designated times and locations.

Starting July 13, the library is partnering with Premier Produce to add fresh produce distribution as well. Produce boxes contain 22 pounds of assorted fresh fruits and vegetables (apples, oranges, potatoes, onions, celery, etc.) pre-sorted, packed and ready for pickup. This is a USDA funded program. Anyone can take a box (or more than one). No requirements or pre-registration are required.

Dayton Metro Library will distribute produce boxes, along with the shelf-stable meals, through Aug. 27 at these library locations and times:

TUESDAYS, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

• Main Library, 215 E. Third St. 45402

• Miamisburg, 545 E. Linden Ave. 45342

• Northmont, 333 W. National Road 45322

• Westwood, 3207 Hoover Ave. 45402

• Wilmington-Stroop, 3980 Wilmington Pike 45429

• Northwest, 2410 Philadelphia Drive 45406 (produce only)

WEDNESDAYS, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

• Burkhardt, 4680 Burkhardt Ave. 45431

• Miami Twp., 2718 Lyons Road 45342

• Southeast, 21 Watervliet Ave. 45420

• Trotwood, 855 E. Main St. 45426

• Vandalia, 330 S. Dixie Drive 45377

• Brookville, 120 Blue Pride Drive 45309

THURSDAYS, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

• Electra C Doren, 701 Troy St. 45404

• Huber Heights, 6160 Chambersburg Road 45424

• New Lebanon, 715 W. Main St. 45345

• West Carrollton, 300 E Central Ave. 45449

• Kettering-Moraine, 3496 Far Hills Ave. 45429

• Madden Hills, 2542 Germantown St. 45417 (produce only)

Dayton Public Schools operates grab-and-go food distribution at these two branch libraries:

• Madden Hills, 2542 Germantown St. 45417 - Tuesday & Thursday, 12:05-12:25 pm

• Northwest, 2410 Philadelphia Drive 45406 - Monday & Wednesday, 12:50-1:00 pm.