Library Services and Technology Act and Institute of Museum and Library Services

The Lunch at the Library program is a collaborative program of the California Library Association and California Summer Meal Coalition to support public libraries’ efforts to operate the US Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program. It is supported with Library Services and Technology Act funding which is administered by the California State Librarian. Grant recipients must ensure that the Library Services and Technology Act receive full credit as the funding program and that the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) likewise, is acknowledged as the federal source of funds.

Therefore, we request that participating libraries credit the Library Services and Technology Act on publications and information. An appropriate statement for a publication or project press release is:

“Lunch at the Library is supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.”

As appropriate, this disclaimer should be added:

“The opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services or the California State Library, and no official endorsement by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services or the California State Library should be inferred.”

This credit line on products of a project, such as materials and publicity, is important to foster support from the public and by state and federal funding sources. For more examples from Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) provided for recipients of national level grants, please see their http://www.imls.gov/assets/1/AssetManager/GCK.pdf.

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

The USDA’s Summer Food Service Program is a federally-funded, state administered program. The SFSP reimburses providers who serve free healthy meals to children and teens in low-income areas during the summer months when schools is not in session. In California, the program is administered by the California Department of Education.

Libraries that operate as summer meal sites as part of the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program must include the following statement on program materials:

“This institution is an equal opportunity provider.”