2022 Lunch at the Library

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Closed (79 total applications submitted)
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  • Grant
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Summer months often mean children and teens have reduced or limited access to healthy food, learning opportunities, and safe places to gather. Lunch at the Library helps California’s children and teens stay nourished and engaged while school is out.


Public libraries are natural spaces for serving free summer meals to children and teens while school is out.

Of the 2.4 million public school students in California who receive a free or reduced price lunch during the school year, only one out of six receive one during the summer according to the Food Research & Action Center.

Lunch at the Library helps libraries provide free summer meals and programming at library sites, and take pop-up libraries to other community-based meal sites like parks and schools. Lunch at the Library also provides free books to help children build home libraries, summer reading and learning programs for children and teens, and health and wellness programs for families. It creates volunteer opportunities for teens and connects families to community services and resources.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Public Agency

Funds for establishing and enhancing summer meal sites are available to California public libraries serving summer meals in 2022.

Pop-up library funds are available to all California public libraries interested in extending their outreach efforts by taking library programming to a community meal site.

Eligible Geographies:

All public libraries in California are eligible to apply.

Important Dates

The date (and time, where applicable) by which all applications must be submitted to the grantmaker. Time listed as “00:00” equates to midnight.
The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
April 2022
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
Summer 2022

Funding Details

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The funding source allocated to fund the grant. It may be either State or Federal (or a combination of both), and be tied to a specific piece of legislation, a proposition, or a bond number.
  • State

Funding Source Notes:

This project was supported in whole or in part by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library.

The manner in which the grant funding will be delivered to the awardee. Funding methods include reimbursements (where the recipient spends out-of-pocket and is reimbursed by the grantor) and advances (where the recipient spends received grant funds directly).
  • Advance(s)

Funding Method Notes:

In-full payments to be issued for grants in the amount of $20,000 or less.

Grants totaling more than $20,000 will follow a 90%/10% payment schedule.


How to Apply

State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.


For questions about this grant, contact:
1-916-603-6708, lunch@library.ca.gov