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.

Creating an Inviting Space: information and photographs to help you create an inviting space in which to serve your summer meals.

Partnerships: information to help you create community partnerships to enhance your summer meal program.

Programming: programming ideas to complement your summer lunch service.

Pop-Up Libraries at Community Meal Sites: tips for other ways that libraries can help more children access local summer meal programs.

Volunteers: information on recruiting, training, and working with summer meal volunteers.
Outreach to Families: information to help you promote your summer meal program to children, teens, and families.

Providing Meals to Adults: tips on providing food for adults and providing information on where adults can find free or low-cost meals in the community.
Publicity: information on publicizing your program to the community.

Evaluation Tools: resources to help you evaluate the impact of you summer meal program.