DALLAS -- Nineteen Dallas library branches, in partnership with the nonprofit hunger organization Equal Heart, are distributing free lunches and snacks to children and teens under the age of 18 from now until Aug. 17.

Proof of need or pre-registration is not mandatory to receive the meals.

Last summer, the library provided 16,758 lunches and 4,442 snacks at all 19 locations. Fifteen continued to provide food distribution programs into last school year.

The lunches, which are available at the following locations, are funded by the Texas Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program.

  1. Audelia Road, Monday-Friday, Noon to 12:45 p.m.
  2. Bachman Lake, Monday-Friday, Noon to 12:45 p.m.
  3. Dallas West, Monday-Friday, Noon to 12:45 p.m.
  4. Forest Green, Monday-Friday, 1 to 1:45 p.m.
  5. Grauwyler Park, Monday-Friday, 1 to 1:30 p.m.
  6. Hampton-Illinois, Monday-Friday, 2 to 2:45 p.m.
  7. Highland Hills, Monday-Friday, Noon to 1 p.m.
  8. J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, Monday-Friday, Noon to 12:45 p.m.
  9. Kleberg-Rylie, Monday-Friday, 1 to 1:45 p.m.
  10. Lochwood, Monday-Friday, Noon to 12:45 p.m.
  11. North Oak Cliff, Monday-Friday, 12:30 to 1:15 p.m.
  12. Park Forest, Monday-Friday, Noon to 12:45 p.m.
  13. Lancaster-Kiest, Monday-Friday, Noon to 12:45 p.m.
  14. Pleasant Grove, Monday-Friday, 11 to 11:45 a.m.
  15. Polk-Wisdom, Tuesday-Thursday, noon to 1 p.m.
  16. Prairie Creek, Monday-Friday, 1 to 2 p.m.
  17. Skyline, Monday-Friday, noon to 12:30 p.m.
  18. Timberglen, Monday/Wednesday/Friday, noon to 12:45 p.m.
  19. White Rock Hills, Monday-Friday, Noon to 12:45 p.m.

The library is also encouraging Dallas youth to take advantage of the many programs offered at the library throughout the summer, including the Mayor’s Summer Reading Challenge, Science, Math, Art, Reading, and Technology (SMART) camps, Summer Book Buddies and hands-on STEAM programs and performers.