Partnerships strengthen the Lunch at the Library program and play a vital role in helping public libraries establish successful summer meal programs.

California Department of Education
The California Department of Education’s Nutrition Services Division administers the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) Child Nutrition Programs and the Food Distribution Program in California. The California State Library and California Department of Education work together to increase the number of California children who receive free meals during the summer.

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 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.

California Library Association
The California Library Association is the current administrative partner for the Lunch at the Library program,

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.