Partnerships with public libraries and summer meal providers across California inform and advance the Lunch at the Library program, and all program partners play a vital role in helping California’s public libraries establish successful summer meal programs.
California Department of Education
The California Department of Education (CDE) is committed to providing a world-class education for all students, from early childhood to adulthood. CDE Nutrition Services helps schools, child care programs, and other community programs provide healthy meals and snacks to children and administers the USDA summer nutrition programs.
California State Library
The California State Library is the state’s information hub, preserving California’s cultural heritage and connecting people, libraries and government to the resources and tools they need to succeed and to build a strong California.
Campaign for Grade Level Reading
The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading is a collaborative effort of funders, nonprofits, government agencies, business leaders, states and communities, with the shared goal that by 2020 a dozen states or more will increase by at least 100 percent the number of children from low-income families reading proficiently by the end of third grade.
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
For more than 50 years, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation has worked with partners around the world to improve the lives of children, families, and communities–and to restore and protect our planet.
Food Research and Action Center
The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) is the leading national nonprofit organization working to improve public policies and public-private partnerships to eradicate hunger and undernutrition in the United States.
The Illinois Reading Enrichment and Development (iREAD) program is a coordinated, self-supporting effort to develop and provide high-quality, low-cost resources and products to enable local library staff to promote reading.
Public Library Association
PLA is a member-driven organization that exists to provide a diverse program of communication, publication, advocacy, continuing education, and programming for its members and others interested in the advancement of public library service.
U.S. Department of Agriculture
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) provides leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, rural development, nutrition, and related issues based on sound public policy, the best available science, and efficient management. The Food and Nutrition Service administers programs, including summer nutrition programs, to provide healthy food to children.
Vision to Learn
Vision to Learn provides children with free eye exams and free glasses by bringing its mobile eye clinics to schools and to other neighborhood youth and community organizations, including public library summer meal sites.
The Legacy Fund of the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee. The Re(a)d Zone, a signature initiative of the 50 Fund, was focused on investing in, strengthening, and building the capacity of high-quality, literacy-enhancing programs that increase third grade reading proficiency throughout the Bay Area. (A partner during 2015 and 2016.)