Columbus, OH (March 20, 2020) – Children’s Hunger Alliance in collaboration with the Columbus Metropolitan Libraries developed a contingency plan to help continue feeding children during the library closures related to the coronavirus pandemic. CML has been a CHA afterschool program partner for five years serving afterschool meals to kids in 15 branch locations.
Beginning Monday, CHA staff will be distributing ready-to-eat meals Mondays-Fridays at three branch locations:
- CML Whitehall Branch, 4445 E Broad St, Columbus, OH 43213, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
- CML Barnett Branch, 3434 E Livingston Ave, Columbus, OH 43227, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m
- CML Northern Lights Branch, 4093 Cleveland Ave, Columbus, OH 43224, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Any child 18 and under will be able to pick up two meals to take home.
While the libraries remain closed, CHA will be serving pre-packaged meals in the parking lots of three libraries in high need neighborhoods. The organization took into consideration the sites’ afterschool attendance and the proximity to a Columbus City School currently offering grab-and-go breakfast and lunch in determining which locations to serve meals at.
CHA is committed to providing emergency meals to children who have lost access to food amid the crisis.
About Children’s Hunger Alliance
Founded in 1970, Children’s Hunger Alliance is a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to ending childhood hunger in Ohio. Through their work, Children’s Hunger Alliance provides healthy meals to hungry children, advocates for legislation to improve the welfare of Ohio’s youngest citizens, and teaches nutrition and physical education to those they serve.