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These WebJunction resources can help you strengthen your library and services to the community, explore them today! Hunger and Libraries: Snacks, Backpacks and More: Autumn is an excellent time of year to highlight ways libraries are fighting hunger in their communities, and October...

Read about the Bucks County Free Library and the Bensalem, Levittown Libraries offering FREE food to children!  The community is liking and sharing the information about the summer food program on the library’s Facebook pages too–over 100 ‘likes’ and over...

Want to offer breakfast, lunch or just a snack to kids in the library during the summer?   Learn about the Summer Food Service Program!  Check out this flier! You can apply until June 15th! Contact Mary Ringenberg, Education Administration Specialist and get signed up! Phone:...

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by Laura Laspee GIANT Food Stores has partnered with Libraries to promote Health Literacy. Read more about our partner and its involvement to promote Health Literacy.       Our Partner:  GIANT Food Stores, LLC Partner Profile:  GIANT Food Stores has been known...

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  submitted by: Ellen Meanix Helfrick, Branch Manager, Collinsville Community Library   When I heard about libraries supplying meals and snacks after programs, I contacted my local principal (we are a public library in our own building but on an elementary School campus)...

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Submitted by Laura O’Grady This summer will be Martin Library’s fifth year working with the Summer Food Service Program. We feed lunch to children and teens five days a week from June to August. We have seen drastic behavioral improvements in the children and teens because...

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Submitted by Judy Hillegas, Director of the Everett Free Library The Everett Free Library participated in the summer food service program in conjunction with its summer reading program in 2015. After taking the training, for us it was easy. We served breakfast and lunch only on...

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Those kids are hungry…Feed them!  The Summer Lunch program is FREE!  Contact the Summer Food Service Program in January to make plans for this summer.  Read Leslie LaBarte’s post below What’s holding you back?  No kitchen?  You can contract to have bag lunches...

Dear Librarians: Hunger is a severe roadblock to the learning process. Lack of nutrition during the summer months may set up a cycle of poor performance once school begins. The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is a federally funded program that provides nutritious meals for hungry...