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Local libraries, Harvesters feeding hungry children through the summer

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Metro libraries are working to make sure no child is hungry this summer by introducing the Kids Cafe. (KCTV5) Metro libraries are working to make sure no child is hungry this summer by introducing the Kids Cafe. (KCTV5)
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Metro libraries are working to make sure no child is hungry this summer by introducing the Kids Cafe.

The Mid-Continent Public Library's branch near E. 112th Street and Locust Street is one of seven of the library locations offering the "Kids Cafe" program all summer.  

Every day, children can come to their local library at a designated time and get a free meal, read books and make friends.

Harvesters -- The Community Food Network is doing the same thing at dozens of other places across the metro, in addition to libraries.

They are doing this because, for many children, school is where they enjoy their one main meal of the day. That can make summertime stressful for some families.

KCTV5 News met up with families at another library branch in Grandview for the launch of the Kids Cafe program.

“Early literacy is at the forefront of our minds every day,” said Ashley Durkee, Assistant Manager at the Mid-Continent Public Library branch in Grandview. “So, if we can get kids in the building, especially new families that are in the neighborhoods, to enjoy a meal and we can hook them up with library cards, send them home with books, or participate in our summer learning program, it has exponential benefits. Not only for the library system, but for the community.”

This year's theme is "meet and eat.” Everyone 18 and younger are welcome to come with their friends to any location Monday through Friday, enjoy a meal, and hang out with others as long as they like.

All of it is free. You do not have to register; you can just walk in.

Most sites will be offering free meals until mid-August. Each location offers meals at different times of the day. Some are during lunch and others are as late as 5 p.m. So, if you know a child who may be hungry or looking to make new friends this summer, there are plenty of opportunities, hours and locations.

Many of the library branches have planned activities as well. 

To find the locations near you, check Harvesters.org or MyMCPL.org.

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