For five years, San Mateo County Libraries has been serving free meals to the public year-round at the East Palo Alto Library. The program has been such a huge success that we serve up to 100 people every day! As a result, last year we expanded our meals program to the Half Moon Bay Library. This fall, we are thrilled to resume our popular After-School Meals program at the East Palo Alto Library and Half Moon Bay Library!
On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 2:30 PM, families are invited to visit either library to pick up meals to take home. Free meals will be provided to children and adults while supplies last. The menu varies and has included hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, tamales, pasta, salads, or a variety pack of small bites (chips, string cheese, crackers, sunflower seeds, sunflower butter, and celery) that are popularly known as "snack packs" by our community and staff. Regardless of what is on the menu that day, you can always guarantee that it will come with organic fruit, veggies, and milk to ensure that it is a complete and balanced meal.
Why do we serve meals? Libraries provide all kinds of resources that serve the needs of their communities, including access to nutritious meals. The amount of meals served and overwhelming feedback from our patrons reinforces the need for this service.
This program is made possible with the generous support of the YMCA of Silicon Valley, opens a new window, the Half Moon Bay Friends of the Library, opens a new window, and Second Harvest of Silicon Valley, opens a new window.
We hope to see you at the East Palo Alto Library and Half Moon Bay Library soon!