Lunch at the Library
Lunch at the Library helps California’s children and teens stay nourished and engaged while school is out. Project partners include the California Department of Education and the Pacific Library Partnership. For more information, including participation data and extensive resources for libraries, please visit: lunchatthelibrary.org
In summer 2019:
- public library summer meal sites served over 289,000 meals
- 115 community meal sites offered pop-up library programming
- 13% of families didn’t get lunch anywhere else but the library
Lunch at the Library provides training, technical assistance, and grants that enable California public libraries to:
During the summer, children and teens in low-income families often struggle to have their basic needs met. For many, the summer months mean reduced or limited access to healthy food, learning opportunities, and safe places to congregate and be active. Only 17% of California school children who receive free or reduced price lunches during the school year also receive free lunches during the summer. In 2018, nearly two million school children who were eligible for summer lunches did not get them.
California’s public libraries are resource-rich, accessible, and trusted community hubs, and they are natural spaces for serving free summer meals to children and teens.
The Lunch at the Library program provides children and teens with meals, summer reading programs, and other activities that support learning, health, and wellness. It also brings new families to the library where staff can connect adult family members with essential resources and services
Grant opportunities for summer 2020 will be available soon. For project information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.