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The Contra Costa County Library is serving free lunches to kids at eight library locations in the county this summer in an effort to prevent a summer nutrition gap.

Many low-income children face nutrient deficiencies when schools close for summer break.

“The ideal learning environment for children is one that includes a nutritious meal that allows them to focus on reading instead of hunger,” said Supervisor Karen Mitchoff. “The library can help by providing the space and the food to help them succeed.”

Lunch at the Library is a project of the California Library Association, supported by the California State Library with funds from the State of California, to unite libraries and summer meal providers and keep kids healthy and engaged when school is out. In addition to lunch, the libraries will offer a variety of free programs, including board games, arts and crafts, musical performances, Legos, movies and more.

Lunches are free for kids and teens 18 and under. For more information about the Lunch at the Library program visit, ccclib.org/summer.

Lunch at the Library locations and schedule:

• Antioch

501 W. 18th St., Monday through Thursday, from noon to 1 p.m., June 10 to July 25

For more information, call 925-757-9224.

• Pittsburg

80 Power Ave., Tuesday through Friday, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., June 11 to Aug. 2

For more information, call 925-427-8390.

Meals for Lunch at the Library are provided by the Antioch Unified School District, Mount Diablo Unified School District, John Swett Unified School District, West Contra Costa Unified School District, Martinez Unified School District and Pittsburg Unified School District.

For more information about the statewide Lunch at the Library program, visit www.lunchatthelibrary.org.

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