A new topic called Libraries and Summer Food has been introduced to the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) website for public library staff participating in the nationwide national summer library program:
Libraries and Summer Food
It is a how-to guide to help libraries connect kids and teens with healthy food when school is out.
The guide begins with an overview of the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), a federally funded, state-administered program, then includes a checklist for libraries to determine their eligibility and take the first steps toward becoming an SFSP site.
For libraries not in geographic areas that are eligible for SFSP, or for whom SFSP is not a good fit, there’s a section on alternatives to SFSP and other ways to help. This section is also for those who don’t plan to serve food at the library, but still want to support summer feeding.
Next is a collection of tips, checklists, best practices, and innovative ideas to plan for a successful summer, from space considerations, to programming, to staffing, and more, including basic talking points and additional advocacy and awareness materials to build support.
Finally, a resource list gathers links to essential and supplemental sources to help librarians connect children and teens in your community to healthy food throughout the summer.
A link to the guide appears in the just-published April issue of the CSLP newsletter, along with a great article from Carol Waxman about the experience of West Hartford (CT) Public Libraries feeding the community during the summer. If you’re subscribed to the CSLP newsletter, your copy should be in your inbox now.
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I hope some of you will consider becoming summer food sites this summer!
Sharon Rawlins, MLS
Youth Services Specialist for Lifelong Learning
NJ State Library
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Trenton, NJ 08625-0520
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