foundation SNACK DRIVE

The Meridian Library Foundation will be hosting snack drives throughout the 2022-2023 school year to support the efforts of the Meridian Library District to alleviate childhood hunger. All snacks collected during our Snack Drives will be provided to youth using the Bookmobile Food Pantry in low-income communities, and middle & high school teens attending MASH (Meridian After School Hangout) at the Cherry Lane Library.

Items we will be collecting:
granola bars (any variety) greatest need
fruit snacks
peanut butter crackers
cheese crackers
cheez-its
applesauce pouches or cups
individual fruit cups
pretzels

All non-perishable snacks need to be pre-packaged individual servings.

PLEASE DELIVER SNACK ITEMS TO THE CHERRY LANE LIBRARY BETWEEN NOVEMBER 14-30TH!


BOOKMOBILE FOOD PANTRY

MLD's Bookmobile provides nutritious snacks at low-income housing Bookmobile stops. Many children are reliant upon these healthy afternoon snacks so they don't go hungry.

In addition to these snacks, the Bookmobile offers "Pantry Baskets" filled with personal hygiene items, and take home food. Whitney, Outreach Community Specialist, shared "At one of our stops, we have several kids ages ranging from 5-17 come on to get books and most of them grab snacks and hygiene products. The kids have expressed more than once they are hungry, and some say there isn't much for dinner. I have also heard that the school lunches are not keeping them full either." 

With our community's support, the library can continue to provide after school snacks on the Bookmobile.

M.A.S.H.

The Library's after school program, M.A.S.H. (Meridian After School Hangout) provides middle & high school teens a safe space to hand out with friends, socialize, work on homework, play games, and check out books.

Many of these students are picked up by parents later in the evening, so there is a large gap of time between when students have access to food at school lunch, and when they're able to have dinner at home. Snacks at the MASH program have had a huge impact on teens and provide the fuel they need to have a positive experience at the library.

This after school program averages 35 attendees per day, with totals of over 500 teens per month.

Meridian Middle School, located across the street from the Meridian Library on Cherry Lane, is a Title 1 school with over 25% of students qualifying for free and reduced lunch. 

We thank the Meridian Library District for bridging the gap by providing resources (beyond books) to the children in our community, and thank YOU for your support of these programs!


additional upcoming snack drives:

February 1-15th, 2023


April 1-15th, 2023



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