High-quality public library summer meal programs take place in an inviting space, offer programming alongside the meal service, introduce families to summer reading and other library programs, involve community partners, are tailored to the community, and use outcomes-based planning and evaluation principles.
Our toolkit will help you create a high-quality public library summer meal program.
CA Meals for Kids Mobile Application: The CA Meals for Kids mobile application helps you find nearby California Afterschool and Summer Meal Programs Sites through your iOS, Android, or Microsoft devices. The Emergency Meal Sites section may be used during unanticipated school closures due to emergency situations.
Creating an Inviting Space: information and photographs to help you create an inviting space in which to serve your summer meals.
Early Learning and Nutrition: Resources and ideas for supporting nutritious summers for young children and their caregivers.
Meals for Adults: tips on providing food for adults and providing information on where adults can find free or low-cost meals in the community.
Outreach and Promotion: Tips for promoting your summer meal program across the local community.
Partnerships: information to help you create community partnerships to enhance your summer meal program.
Pop-Up Libraries at Community Meal Sites: tips for other ways that libraries can help more children access local summer meal programs.
Programming: Get inspiration for Lunch at the Library programming you may implement this summer.
Useful Websites Learn more about supporting youth and families with summer meals and summer services.
Volunteers: information on recruiting, training, and working with summer meal volunteers.
Acknowledgements: Information on the acknowledgements required on California State Library funded Lunch at the Library services.