January 28, 2019 – Lunch at the Library Informational Workshop

Monday, January 28th, 2019 | 10 am – 3:30 pm
Sacramento Public Library Galleria
828 I St., Sacramento, CA 95814

Funds are available to support participant travel to and from the workshop.

Our apologies that this workshop conflicts with ALA Midwinter.
Please email Holly Macriss at <hmacriss@cla-net.org> if you are unable to attend this workshop but interested in becoming a Lunch at the Library summer meal site.

The Training:

The Lunch at the Library training is designed to give you the information you need to launch a successful summer meal program in 2019. It is designed for libraries interested in starting a summer meal program for the first time, or for libraries seeking to expand or enhance an already existing summer meal program. The workshop will cover:

  • 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 and youth development opportunities
  • gaining staff and leadership buy-in
  • implementation with limited staffing and resources
  • engaging community partners
  • evaluation

Lunch at the Library programs provide free and nutritious meals to children and teens in low income communities through the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program. There is no cost to libraries to receive and distribute these meals. Public libraries are perfectly suited to be summer meal sites given their ability to not only serve meals but to feed the minds of children and teens by connecting them (and their extended families and caretakers) to summer reading and summer programming, as well as to the year-round resources of the library.

Workshop Registration:

Spaces will be assigned on a first-come first-served basis while balancing the commitment to make space for as many library jurisdictions as possible. Registration will be open until Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019 or until the workshop is full.

Register for the training here (below link)


Travel Assistance:

Funds are available to reimburse participant travel costs within LSTA guidelines. Please complete the registration form and provide information about your travel costs.

Backfill funds are available to cover desk hours during the hours that library staff are attending this workshop.

Funding Opportunities:

Summer 2019 is an ideal time for starting or expanding your summer meal program. Mini grants and seed money will be available to support:

  • Starting a summer meal program for the first time.  Seed money up to $5000 will be available to help library jurisdictions not yet serving summer meals establish themselves as summer meal sites for the first time.
  • Program expansion. Grants are expected to be at least $2,000 and up to $3000 per each new summer meal site added (we are unable to confirm exact funding amounts until all requests for program expansion funds have been received.)
  • Pop-up libraries at community meal sites. These grants are for libraries partnering with community meal sites (recreation centers, school sites, etc.) to provide pop-up library programming to enhance the summer meal experience and connect library resources to those sites. Grants are expected to be at least $1,000 and up to $2000 to support pop-up library programming. (We are unable to confirm how much funding each library will receive until all requests for pop-up library programming funds have been received.)
  • Program enhancement at existing meal sites. (We are unable to confirm how much funding libraries will receive until all requests for program enhancement funds have been received.)

More information on funding coming soon!

For information and questions about workshop registration please contact:
Holly Macriss at <hmacriss@cla-net.org>

For information and questions on starting or expanding your summer meal program, on partnering with community meal sites to provide pop-up library programming, and on upcoming funding opportunities, please contact:
Trish Garone at <pgarone@cla-net.org>
Patrice Chamberlain at <pchamberlain@cla-net.org>

To find out more about the Lunch at the Library program please visit: lunchatthelibrary.org