Summer Food Service Program

The Summer Food Service Program, which provide nutritious lunch meals to all children, will be held Monday through Friday at select PPLD library locations. The meals will be provided by Colorado Springs School District 11 from May 29 through August 2. (No meals served on July 4.)

Any child between 1 - 18 years of age will receive a meal at no charge. Adults can purchase a lunch for $4. No registration required.

Click here to view a complete list of Summer Food Service Program locations.


When does this end?
Summer Lunch Program
Safe place
Drug overdose intervention
Forgiving fines
Homeless and drifters hanging out at the library, stressing out patrons and staff who have NO SAY in these decisions.

None of these help folks to make more responsible choices. Library staff are already overworked and asking them to act as counselors, medical personnel, homeless advocates, and food service support staff is ridiculous.

Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) seeks to engage and transform people’s lives via its 14 library facilities, online resources, and mobile services across El Paso County. With a mission to provide resources and opportunities that impact individual lives and build community, we welcome everyone to enrich their minds, make connections, and reach their full potential.

PPLD is here to provide all community members with equitable access to resources, information, and safe and welcoming public spaces. Every person has a right to use the library, whether to access the internet, read a book, gather with others, participate in a class, or just relax. Freedom of information and use of library facilities are rights protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Since we serve patrons from all walks of life, PPLD does partner with many civic organizations, government agencies, faith-based groups, and other entities to address community-wide issues such as poverty, hunger, and homelessness. We want to be a part of the broader solution and remove barriers to access, so more people can achieve their goals at every stage of life and, together, we can strengthen our diverse and growing community. For example, thanks to a partnership with Colorado Springs School District 11, their mobile summer lunch program parks outside of some libraries, helping fuel children’s minds and bodies when school isn’t in session.

Please feel free to contact me at or (719) 531-6333 x6401 if you would like to discuss further.

Having observed the excited kids around the lunch truck and the fun picnics taking place as well as stacks of books borrowed, I think this is a great concept. And it would encourage kids to use the library. I just wonder about the cost! Could it be that moms who can afford it contribute? Most of the kids looked like middle class families. What is the purpose overall? Do the school districts have unlimited funds for this?

Pikes Peak Library District is partnering with Colorado Springs School District 11 by providing outdoor space at four libraries for kids and teens to access summer lunches at no charge. (Adults can purchase lunch for $4.) We are involved to ensure that all kids and teens have the fuel needed for healthy minds and bodies.

The summer food program’s goal is to provide school-age children with access to nutritious meals and snacks when school is out of session. Here’s more information on the Summer Food Service Program:

Please direct questions about D11’s involvement and funding to their Food & Nutrition Services team:

Well, at least you are not advertising these as "free," because they are not. What happened to PARENTS providing nutritious meals and snacks - aren't they the ones who should be "fueling" the children they are responsible for?

This partnership with D11 aligns with our mission to provide resources and opportunities that impact individual lives and build community. We want to help ensure children across our county have access to summer lunches, regardless of their family’s budget or circumstances, because hunger hinders learning and development. Here is more information about the federal nutrition program funded by the USDA:

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