MONTCLAIR, NJ - Montclair Public Library Foundation was awarded a grant from Partners for Health Foundation to continue a summer feeding program for Montclair’s youth. Lunch @ the Library is the result of an incredible collaboration between Montclair Public Library, Partners for Health Foundation and Toni’s Kitchen.

In its second year, this program is meeting a real need in the Montclair community as evidenced by the 2,300 lunches served last summer.  Surprisingly, 6 out of 10 schools in the Montclair District are Title 1 schools and 13.5% of the district participate in no or low cost school lunch.

Toni’s Kitchen will provide a healthy brown bag lunch which will include a sandwich, fruit and a dessert. Lunches will be served Monday through Friday from June 25-August 31. No applications are necessary to drop in and all children and teens are welcome.

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”Providing free lunches to children during the summer break months is another way your public library strives to serve our community,” stated Library Director Peter Coyl. “We are proud to be able to offer this very important necessity to the youngest in our community.”

Libraries buzz with children all season long, especially as they become a school’s replacement for summertime learning through popular reading programs. The lunch, along with positive enrichment activities, will help ensure kids return to school healthy and ready to learn. 

About Montclair Public Library

Founded April 11, 1893, the Montclair Public Library serves the citizens of Montclair at the Main Library at 50 South Fullerton Avenue and the Bellevue Avenue Branch at 185 Bellevue Avenue. The Library aims to change lives every day through words, ideas, and community connections. Last year, the Library had over 32,000 members and circulated more than 420,000 items. More information about the library can be found at montclairlibrary.org

Partners for Health Foundation

Partners for Health Foundation’s vision is to make its 15 communities healthier, better places to live. Since 2008, the Foundation has awarded more than $9 million to make progress in key areas such as addressing the persistent issues of hunger and homelessness, and increasing access to oral health services. Partners for Health supports efforts to make healthy choices easier through policy and environmental changes. It connects older residents who want to age in the community with services, activities and opportunities to engage in civic life. It also funds projects that strengthens the mental health safety net and create system-wide changes to foster youth resiliency. More information is at http://partnersfdn.org. 

Toni’s Kitchen

Toni’s Kitchen is a food ministry of St Luke’s Episcopal Church in Montclair, NJ. We envision a community where everyone has reliable access to healthy food.  Our mission is to provide food to our neighbors in need in ways that improve health and independence. Our door is open and all are welcome.