Beginning today, April 27, food will be available at 10 libraries for anyone under the age of 18. Food distribution will run Monday-Friday for 4 weeks (through the last week of May (5/25 – 5/29).
With the recent closure of schools due to the COVD-19 pandemic, many children throughout Pima County have lost access to free and reduced lunch. “Food insecurity,” says Librarian Caitlin Burns, who oversees the program, “is a pervasive problem in our community that can inhibit children from reaching their full potential. We are proud to be working with Amphitheater Unified School District and the Arizona Department of Education to help feed those who need it most.”
Snacks provided are all shelf-stable and pre-packaged except for whole fruits included in snack bags. All snack bags will be packaged before staff arrive at participating library sites.
Safety of customers and staff will be highest priority.
This will be a contact-free service. Staff will wear masks and gloves at all times. Kits with disposable gloves, disinfectant wipes, and hand sanitizers will be provided to all staff and used during each distribution. Staff will use a book cart or meeting room table to create distance between themselves and customers picking up food. Food bags will be placed on carts or tables by staff and picked up by customers in line for food. No contact will be made during food exchanges. A designated staff member will ensure that customers are social distancing 6 feet between other families and staff.