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Backpack Meals

Free Backpack Meal bag for children 18 and under at the Main Library.

About the Backpack Meal Program

The Library partners with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank to distribute free Backpack Meals for children 18 and under. Backpack Meals will be available for pickup at the Main Library only each Thu. at 4:30 PM and remain available during open hours, while supplies last.

The bags of food are sent home with each child at the end of the week to sustain them through the weekend. The program is operated with respect for the children’s confidentiality.


What Comes in the Bag?

Each Backpack Meal bag will include two breakfast items, two entrees, and two snacks. Backpacks may include:

  • Breakfast items like cereal, oatmeal, or granola bars
  • Easy to prepare meals like mac and cheese, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, or canned soup
  • Bread
  • Milk or juice
  • Fresh or canned fruit
  • Fresh or canned vegetables
  • Snacks


“In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, and reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, and American Sign Language) should contact the responsible State or local Agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800)877-8339. To file a program discrimination complaint, a complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, which can be obtained online, at, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (833) 256-1665 or (202)690-7442; (3) email: This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

First Call 2-1-1

Looking for Other Food Resources? First Call 211 provides free, confidential assistance with food pantries, community meals, transportation, and more.

Just Dial 2-1-1 or text your zipcode to 898211

For the Kids!

Learn more about the programs and resources the Library offers! Find homeschool info, learning and game databases, and other resources. 

All MRCPL locations will be closed on Sun. May. 26 and Mon. May. 27 for Memorial Day. First Call 211 services are available by dialing 2-1-1 24/7, 365 days per year.