Salina Public Library, in partnership with St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church, will provide free grab-and-go lunches this summer. Pickup will begin June 1 and run through July 31. 

The lunches will be provided from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. with priority for youth during the first half-hour. If supplies allow, free lunches for adults will be available after children are served. Lunches are first come, first serve. The service will be available on the lawn on the northwest corner of the library, next to the drive for the book drop. In the case of inclement weather, lunch will be canceled. Patrons are asked to observe social distancing during pickup.

“When Pastor (Allen) Smith approached us about the library being a free lunch site, we knew immediately that this would be a perfect fit for us,” Lisa Newman, Head of Youth Services, said. “During a normal year, we have hundreds of children and families visit us in the summer. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 crisis forced us to make some changes, and we are grateful St. John’s has been flexible and willing to make it work in whatever format possible.”

St. John’s makes the lunches and delivers them to the library. Meals will be packed in bags or containers to limit contact.

For more information, contact Heather Mettlen, Youth Services Program Coordinator, at (785) 825-4624, ext. 244, or