Community fuels kids at Britt Library lunch

Lunch is served at the Britt Public Library on Wednesday. Meals are provided every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for the children of Britt.

Curran McLaughlin | The Leader

            The Britt Public Library’s free lunch program is patched together like a quilt.

            Entering its fourth year, the program has found its stride in providing free lunch to the children of Britt throughout the summer with a patchwork of volunteered services.

            In year one, the library worked with the USDA to provide food.

            But with lack of quality and an abundance of regulations for programs that wish to provide their own meals, Britt Library broke away from the USDA in year two and started providing their own meals.

            Through the power of community support, the Britt Public Library continues to provide meals on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays each week until school starts.

            “Our workload in preparing [and shopping for] meals has greatly lessened,” library director Linda Friedow.

            The library receives helpers from Hancock County Health Services, Farmers Trust & Savings Bank and Britt Zion Church of the Nazarene.

            The Church of the Nazarene also provides meals on the days they send volunteers.

            The library has also partnered up with Westview Care Center and the Summit House who provide alternate locations to hold lunches, with Westview hosting every other Friday and the Summit House hosting once a month.

            “We feel it’s working well the way it is [currently],” Friedow said. “The community support continues to amaze us.”

Read the complete story in the July 3 Leader.