Columbus libraries provide after-school sustenance

Children who stop by one of 14 Columbus Metropolitan Library branches after school can now get a snack before they start their homework.

CML is partnering with the nonprofit Children’s Hunger Alliance for the third year to provide after-school snacks at select locations, which were chosen based on student need. A typical snack includes milk and a fresh fruit, vegetable or yogurt.

According to CHA, more than 20 percent of Franklin County children live in food-insecure homes where they might not get a snack or even dinner. The library is among 100 after-school programs that CHA works with in Central Ohio.

The snack program is available at these CML branches:

Driving Park – 3:45-4:15 p.m. Mondays through Fridays Franklinton – 4:15-4:45 p.m. Mondays through Fridays Hilltop – 4:15-4:45 p.m. Mondays through Fridays Karl Road – 4-4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays Linden – 4-4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays Livingston – 4-4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays Main Library – 4-4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays Martin Luther King – 4-4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays Northern Lights – 4:15-4:45 p.m. Mondays through Fridays Parsons – 4-4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays Reynoldsburg – 4-5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays Shepard – 4:15-4:45 p.m. Mondays through Fridays Southeast – 3:45-4:15 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays Whitehall – 4-4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays