It is always commendable when a community comes together to ensure the care of its children. The Marysville Public Library in Union County has demonstrated such care by becoming the first library summer food sponsor in Ohio.

The Summer Food Service Program, funded through the USDA, provides free and nutritious meals to students who may normally receive free or reduced lunch during the school year.  The Ohio Department of Education helps administer the program statewide. Since collaborating with the program, the Marysville Public Library has experienced great success, establishing a site that includes a pavilion, a water feature, and a large grassy area for the children to play.

My hope is that members of the Marysville community will join me in support of this food service, which provided meals to 150 elementary-aged children last week alone. The library also plans to include story time and additional activities for the children in coordination with the Summer Food Service Program.

Moreover, The Ohio State University Union County Extension has been on site implementing a green program, allowing children to plant their own lettuce for salads to be shared at home over the summer break.

I am proud to see such an achievement ensuring a bright future for our children in Marysville. This unique site for the state has the potential to become a model for future efforts. It is my belief that the accomplishments demonstrated by the Marysville Public Library will encourage other Ohio libraries to participate in the program as well.

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