Webinar | Lunch at the Library: Nourishing Bodies and Minds
For too many children and teens, summer is a time of hunger and learning loss. Libraries offer the perfect environment to combat childhood hunger and obesity while preventing summer learning loss by offering free, healthy lunch to kids through the USDA Summer Food Service Program. In California, Lunch at the Library was developed to provide tailored support to library staff, offering tools to develop successful public library summer meal programs that draw new families to the library, foster community partnerships, and engage families with learning and enrichment opportunities while school is out. Join us for this webinar to learn about the tools and practical tips for starting or expanding a USDA summer meals site and incorporating lunches into your summer reading program. Even if you’ve been offering summer lunches for years, you’ll come away inspired and ready to plan.
The Summer Food Service Program is a program of the United Stated Department of Agriculture. Lunch at the Library is a project of the California Library Association and California Summer Meal Coalition and is supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.
Patrice Chamberlain, Executive Director, California Summer Meal Coalition
Trish Garone, Programs Manager, California Library Association
Jasmin LoBasso, Marketing & Promotions, Kern County Library (CA)
For individuals who would like to receive a certificate for Continuing Education documentation, please access this webinar via WebJunction’s free Course Catalog.
Annual Lunch at the Library Training Workshop
California Library Association and the California Summer Meal Coalition host an annual winter (January/February) Lunch at the Library training workshop. The training workshop is suitable for anyone planning a summer meal program for the first time, or considering expanding or improving upon an existing program. Topics covered include:
- the logistics of getting started
- finding and working with meal sponsors (the agencies that provide the USDA Summer Meal Program meals that are served in participating libraries)
- creating an inviting space
- outreach to families
- programs to complement the meal service
- working with volunteers
- gaining staff and leadership buy-in
- implementation with limited staffing and resources
- engaging community partners
More information coming this fall.
We encourage libraries to use these materials from past trainings to host Lunch at the Library trainings locally and to supplement the resources available elsewhere on this site.
Overview / Getting Started
- An Overview | Lunch at the Library Natalie Cole, California State Library, and Patrice Chamberlain, California Summer Meal Coalition
- Partnerships | Lunch at the Library Tracie Randolph, Riverside County Library System
- Exploring Partnerships With Your Local Health Department | Lunch at the Library Robin Ronkes, San Bernardino Public Health Department
- Building Partnerships | Lunch at the Library handout
Creating an Inviting Space
- Creating an Inviting Space | Lunch at the Library Stephanie Loney, Chula Vista Public Library
- Programming | Lunch at the Library Diane Olivo-Posner and Teri Markson, Los Angeles Public Library
- Programming | Lunch at the Library Angelica Fortin, Paso Robles City Library
- Recruiting and Working with Volunteers | Lunch at the Library Christie Hamm, Sacramento Public Library
- Evaluation | Lunch at the Library Natalie Cole, California State Library, and Shana Sojoyner, California Library Association