Summer Meals at Brooklyn Public Library


Program Information

Free lunches will be served at 6 library branches from June 27th-August 30th

Tuesday-Friday 1:00 pm-2:30 pm

  • Bay Ridge Library
    7223 Ridge Boulevard, 11209

  • Bedford Library
    496 Franklin Avenue, 11238

Monday-Friday 1:00 pm-2:30 pm

  • Crown Heights Library
    560 New York Avenue, 11225

  • Dekalb Library
    790 Bushwick Avenue, 11221

  • Flatbush Library
    22 Linden Boulevard, 11226

  • New Utrecht Library
    1743 86th Street, 11214

Volunteer Information

Application Process

  1. Apply: email your resume to with “Summer Meals Volunteer” in the subject field, and submit an online application (click here to apply)
  2. Phone Interview
  3. Background check: BPL will conduct an investigative background check on volunteers 18 and older, which may be used when considering a volunteer's application. Forms will be provided at the Central Library.

Volunteer Responsibilities

  • Serving sack lunches to children weekdays from 1:00 pm-2:30pm
  • Keeping accurate records of meals served
  • Supervising children and their families while they’re on site
  • Helping to set-up and break-down the Feeding Site

Commitment: 2-5 days per week for Block 1 and/or Block 2

Block 1: June 27th-July 12th
Block 2: August 19th-30th

(Volunteers may have the opportunity to continue with the program between July 12th and August 19th. Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator for more information.)

Team Captains:

One volunteer at each site will be appointed Team Captain.

Added responsibilities include:

  • acting as point-person for the day’s event
  • recording the volunteer timesheet
  • reporting problems or issues
  • working closely with site supervisors and the Volunteer Coordinator to make sure things run smoothly

(If you are interested in becoming a Team Captain, please speak to the Volunteer Coordinator for more information.)

Summer Meals Volunteer Coordinator

Kelsey Burdick
212.613.5000 ext. 5270

The Federal Summer Food Service

The Summer Food Service Program (Summer Meals) is a federal child nutrition program that provides funding for meals and snacks served to children age 18 and younger during the summer. The program was designed to replace the school breakfast and lunch programs during the summer, so low-income children would have access to the same nutritious meals they rely on during the school year. (citation: Food Research and Action Center)

Feeding Sites are community locations where children congregate, such as schools, community centers, parks, etc. The participating Brooklyn Public Library branches will serve as Open Sites, meaning they will be open to all children in the community, because 50% or more of the children in those communities are already eligible for free or reduced-price school meals.