If you are looking for a Cincinnati free lunch program, the public library has you covered.


Cincinnati Public Library is hosting its Summer Adventure program for kids, along with its Cincinnati free lunch program. One of the most important pieces of the Summer Adventure program is that it combines feeding hungry tummies and minds. Several library locations will serve free meals to children 18 and younger starting June 4.


Daily lunches and snacks are available at select library locations. Lunches are available Monday through Friday beginning Monday, June 4 and ending Friday, August 3. There will be no food service Wednesday, July 4, due to the Fourth of July holiday. Food is served while supplies last.


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The Cincinnati free lunch program will be served at the following locations:


Main Library — 12 p.m. Lunch &  4 p.m. Snack

Avondale Branch Library — 1 p.m. Lunch

Bond Hill Branch Library — 1:30 p.m. Lunch & 4:30 p.m. Snack

College Hill Branch Library — 12:30 p.m. Lunch

Covedale Branch Library — 12:30 p.m. Lunch & 3:30 p.m. Snack

Deer Park Branch Library — 12:30 p.m. Lunch & 3 p.m. Snack

Elmwood Place Branch Library — 1 p.m. Lunch

Groesbeck Branch Library — 12:30 p.m. Lunch

Madisonville Branch Library — 12:30 p.m. Lunch & 4:15 p.m. Snack

Mt. Healthy Branch Library — 1 p.m. Lunch
*Lunch service runs Monday through Thursday, June 3 – July 19 only

North Central Branch Library — 12:30 p.m. Lunch

Pleasant Ridge Branch Library – 3 p.m. Lunch

Price Hill Branch Library – 1:30 p.m. Snack & 4:30 p.m. Lunch

Reading Branch Library — 12:30 p.m. Lunch & 4:30 p.m. Snack

St. Bernard Branch Library – 1 p.m. Lunch & 4 p.m. Snack

West End Branch Library — 12:30 p.m. Lunch


Along with free summer lunch, Cincinnati Public Library also has a variety of summer camps for children to attend.


Summer Reading Tutoring
Ages: 9 – 10
Dates: July 10 – August 4
Cost: Free
Hours: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Summer Reading Tutoring is for children entering grades 1 – 3 who are behind grade level reading. Students will receive instruction and one-on-one 45-minute tutoring sessions by certified educators. Through fun activities and reading, students will show significant improvement in word recognition, comprehension, and reading fluency. Please check dates, times and locations. For more information, call 513-369-7855.


Brain Camps
Ages: 7 – 18
Dates: June 4 – August 3
Cost: Free
Hours: Times vary per location

Campers will get to read great stories, play fun games, experiment with science, and create themed crafts. Sessions last three hours and are designed for children entering grades 1–12. For camp locations and more information, call 513-369-6900.


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If your child likes to read at home, but needs a little incentive, check out the Summer Adventure Kit. Each kit includes a Summer Adventure passport, free book, voucher for a free view level ticket to a Cincinnati Reds game and a Coney Island coupon. Record your reading and other activities in your passport and check in at your library each week for a chance to win great prizes.


When your child checks in, they will get a prize, a stamp in their passport, and an entry into a drawing to win one of the weekly prizes. One weekly prize winner will be chosen at each location starting June 3. At the end of the summer, all weekly entries will be added to the Grand Prize Drawing of four tickets to Coney Island! Grand Prize winners will be chosen on August 1. Act fast and sign your child up today!


children eating lunch

Cincinnati Public Schools also has a Summer Food Service Program for Children from June 4 to August 3, 2018, at schools, recreation centers and other locations around the district.


Free breakfast and lunch meals will be available Monday through Friday to children 18 years of age and under, or to anyone between the ages of 19 and 21 who is determined by a state or local public-educational agency to be mentally or physically disabled.




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