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Happy Helpings in June and July: Summer Food Service Program at Three Cobb County Libraries

a group of young children sitting at a table together smiling and eating bagged lunches
June 2, 2022

Starting in early June, Happy Helpings, Georgia’s Summer Food Service Program, will provide meals to children free of charge at three Cobb County public libraries.

Cobb County Public Library is teaming with Georgia Educational Resources Inc. (GER) for the third year to provide summer meal service, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning. The food will be distributed through drive-through service in library parking lots.

Packages of 14 meals each – one full week of breakfasts and lunches – will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last one day per week at the following locations and dates, excluding the week July 4-8:

Prepared by a local county-inspected commercial kitchen, the meals are free for children ages 18 and younger. Adults 19 years and older who are enrolled in school programs for persons with disabilities will also receive meals.

Last year, CCPL and GER provided 36,076 meals to 2,787 children through a drive-through service at libraries.

“Cobb County Public Library is committed to addressing challenges faced by children and families due to food insecurity,” said Terri Tresp, Division Director of Branch Services. “The Happy Helpings program will bring nutritious meals and snacks for kids for a better summer and our community benefits as well from this vitally needed service and partnership.”

For information on the Happy Helpings program and children’s food insecurity in Georgia, visit  

For information on Cobb County Public Library summer programs and activities, visit