Lunch at the Library 2023

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Funds and support are available for all California public libraries that help to provide summer meals for children and youth. The Lunch at the Library program helps California public libraries: ·  Establish library locations as USDA summer meal sites ·  Take pop-up libraries to other USDA community meal sites ·  Provide learning and enrichment opportunities and wraparound community services in conjunction with meals


Core Program Funds Applications for core program funds are non-competitive. All libraries that take part in Lunch at the Library and submit approved applications will receive Core Program funds. Those funds can support the following Lunch at the Library activities: Library Meal Sites: Establish and serve USDA summer meals at library site(s) and provide learning and enrichment programming at those meal sites. Lunch at the Library meal sites should include programming. Programs can include -- but are not limited to -- literacy, health and wellness, nutrition education, and arts and culture-based activities, as well as book giveaways to help families build home libraries. Pop-Up Libraries at Community Meal Sites: Take pop-up libraries -- including programming, resources, and book giveaways -- to other community-based USDA summer meal sites, such as local parks and schools. Youth Development: Implement a youth development program that provides teen volunteers with workforce readiness skills as they assist with summer meal programs at either or both of the above settings. Additional Project Options Libraries that apply for Lunch at the Library Core Program Funds may also apply for any or all of the following additional Lunch at the Library project opportunities: Farm to Summer: This opportunity supports efforts to connect children, teens, and families with locally sourced, sustainable food, and provide hands-on food education and enrichment activities. Libraries as Conveners: Create a local summer meal network or coalition! These funds help develop and build local or regional networks and coalitions that focus on connecting more families with nutritious summer meals and foster collaboration in working together to reduce summer hunger. Innovation Grants: This opportunity supports libraries in implementing innovative and often larger-scale efforts to connect more children, teens, and families with nutritious meals during the summer. Funded projects go above and beyond Lunch at the Library Core Program activities.  Think big and be as creative as possible when considering plans to connect your communities to nutritious meals during the summer.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Nonprofit
  • Public Agency

Funding is available to all California public libraries. Public libraries applying for funds may do so through a Friends of the Library group or Library Foundation if that organization is a registered 501c3.  Nonprofits not directly related to a California public library are not eligible to apply for funding.

Eligible Geographies:

All public libraries in California are eligible to apply.

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3/2023 - 12/30/2023

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  • 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.

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  • Advances & Reimbursement(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 45%/45%/10% payment schedule.

How to Apply

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


For questions about this grant, contact:
Lisa Lindsay, 1-916-603-6708,