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Starting Monday, Prince George’s County libraries is offering lunch to children who depend on the free lunch program provided through their schools.

The program, which is open to children ages 2 to 18, is a partnership between the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System, Partnership to End Childhood Hunger in Maryland and Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign.

“It’s going to make sure that a child gets at least one meal a day,” said Michelle Hamiel, associate director for public services with the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System. “It’s another way to meet the needs of the community.”

Another benefit of the program is that it brings children into a library setting and encourages them to read over the summer, Hamiel said.

A total of 45,000 children in the county receive free lunch, Hamiel said.

Lunch will be served from 2 to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the following library branches: Bladensburg Branch, Glenarden Branch, Hillcrest Heights, Hyattsville Branch, Oxon Hill Branch and Spauldings Branch. The Fairmount Heights Branch will also be a site when it reopens in July.)

The program runs through Aug. 22. For more information, visit www.pgcmls.info.



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