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California Summer Reading Program

Acquire a Taste for Giving: The Reading Is So Delicious Food Drive

CLA Food Drive Update:

Approximately 40,842 lbs reported collected so far...

Thank you to all of our participating libraries. We’ve well exceeded our goal of collecting 10,000 lbs of food this summer to help Californians in need.

For 1 in 6 people in the United States hunger is a reality. This summer, join libraries across California in collecting 10,000 lbs of food for those in need. CLA has created programming and promotion ideas to help you design activities around your food drive and encourage patrons to participate. During the summer we will track libraries' progress and display weekly statewide totals on our website. Please join this statewide effort to help hungry families in your community.

About the Food Drive

The food drive is a great way to increase awareness of food insecurity in the United States and can be used to promote reading on topics such as healthy eating, the joys of giving, the politics of food, cooking, and community. Here's how you can take part:

  • Schedule a summer food drive at your library sometime between June and August 2013 and let us know you're taking part.
  • Choose a local food bank or organization to partner with to receive your donations. They’ll have suggestions and requests that will ensure your efforts are meeting the current needs of your community.
  • Create programs and activities to enage the community in your efforts
  • Track your collection efforts and record your donations in a fun, eye-catching way.
  • Report your collection progress to CLA. We will tally the combined statewide efforts on a weekly basis and display them on the CLA website.

Programming Ideas

  • Host a “Food For Fines” program all summer long. Offer library customers the opportunity to reduce their overdue fines when they donate food items for the food drive. Perhaps every can donated clears a dollar worth of fines.
  • Set an ambitious but achievable food collection goal, around which you can rally excitement. Track your progress in a dramatic and eye catching way. Create a giant thermometer-like counter. Have a scale handy and post the pounds collected each week. Create a display board to show hunger statistics.
  • Schedule a fun kick-off event to create interest in the food drive. Make the suggested admission to the event a food donation.
  • Show off your donations with your “canstruction” skills. Build linear, vertical or architectural structures out of canned or boxed donations to display at the library. This can be a great project for teens.
  • Some friendly competition can be a good thing. Have different library groups challenge each other to see who can collect the most food donations. Branch libraries can compete against one another to see which can collect the greatest number of donations. Keep a running tally posted in a visible area.
  • Host a cooking event or cook-off. Ask attendees of the event to bring food donations as the suggested cost of admission.
  • Hold a raffle with an enticing prize. A food donation to the drive buys a raffle ticket.
  • Host a screening of the new Magnolia Films documentary, A Place at the Table: One Nation. Underfed. Suggest a food donation with admission. Ro*co Films International and the California Library Association are partnering to make the purchase and screening of this film available to California public libraries at a considerable discount. Usually $295, California public libraries are able to purchase the public performance DVD for $100 this summer. The purchase includes the feature-length version of the film as well as unlimited public performance rights at a single venue. Visit the Ro*co Films International website for a detailed description of the film, to view the trailer, and to purchase the DVD. Coupon code for California public libraries: CLASUMMER2013.
  • Obtain coursebooks from Northwest Earth Institute ($25) and host a discusson series on the connection between sustainability and personal food choices (Menu for the Future) or the interconnected nature of food systems and our relationship to them (Hungry for Change).

(If you have other great ideas, please let us know and we will share them on our website.)

Promoting Your Program

  • Get the word out. Use your library Facebook page, Twitter, email, local paper and radio stations, to raise awareness.
  • Include the food drive in your summer reading program materials.
  • Put a donation thermometer in the library to show your community how much food they have donated.

(Let us know your great promotion ideas and we will share them on the website.)

How to Take Part

Please send us the following information as you have it:

  • The name(s) of the library branch(es) that will be participating/hosting collection events.
  • Contact name(s), email(s), and phone number(s) of the coordinating librarian(s). Please send one name for all branches or a separate name for each branch -- whatever is easiest for you. We will be gathering cumulative collection totals of pounds of food collected weekly from each participating library and posting the statewide collection total regularly on the CLA website. We will use this contact information to stay in touch with you and gather your totals.
  • The name of your community partner/food bank. We will post the names of participating libraries and their community food partners on the CLA website.
  • Approximate dates of your food drive.
  • A link to your food drive photos. When you post photos of your events to your favorite photo sharing site, library website, or Facebook page, please send us the link and we will add it to the CLA website for others to enjoy. Please remember to only send us photos that you have permission to share publicly.

Please send all information to Trish Garone, CLA Programs Associate.

Thank you!

Participating Libraries

Let us know you're taking part so that we can add you to this list! You don't have to be using the Reading Is So Delicious program to participate. We'd like you to join us whatever your summer reading theme is.

  • Alameda Free Library (Alameda Community Food Bank)
    • Bay Farm Island Library
    • Main Library
    • West End Library
  • Amador County Library (Interfaith Food Bank of Amador County)
    • Ione Branch
    • Jackson Main Library
    • Plymouth Branch
    • Pine Grove Branch
    • Pioneer Branch
  • Arcadia Library and (Arcadia Welfare and Thrift)
  • Berkeley Public Library (Alameda County Food Bank)
    • Central Library
    • Claremont Branch
    • North Branch
    • South Branch
  • Butte County Library
    • Biggs Branch
    • Durham Branch
    • Gridley Branch
    • Oroville Branch (Hope Center Food Bank)
    • Paradise Branch
  • Coalinga-Huron LIbrary District (Fresno Community Food Bank)
    • Coalinga District LIbrary
    • Huron Branch Library
  • Contra Costa County Library (Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano)
    • Antioch Library
    • Brentwood Library
    • Clayton Library
    • Concord Library
    • Danville Library
    • Dougherty Station Library
    • El Sobrante Library
    • Hercules Library
    • Kensington Library
    • Lafayette Library
    • Moraga Library
    • Pinole Library
    • Pleasant Hill Library
    • Rodeo Library
    • San Pablo Library
    • San Ramon Library
    • Walnut Creek Library
    • Ygnacio Valley Library
  • Corona Public Library (Settlement House)
  • El Dorado County Library (local area food banks)
    • Main Library, Placerville (Food Bank of El Dorado County)
    • Cameron Park Branch (Food Bank of El Dorado County)
    • El Dorado Hills Branch (The Food Basket)
    • Georgetown Branch (Food Bank of El Dorado County)
    • Pollock Pines Branch (Food Bank of El Dorado County)
    • South Lake Tahoe Branch (Christmas Cheer All Year)
  • Escondido Public Library (Escondido Community Interfaith Services)
  • Folsom Public Library (Twin Lakes Food Bank)
  • Harrison Memorial Library, Carmel-by-the-Sea (Food Bank for Monterey County)
  • Hemet Public Library
  • Inglewood Public Library (LAX Food Pantry)
  • Madera County Public Library (Madera County Food Bank)
  • Mendocino County Public Library
    • Bookmobile
    • Coast Community Library (Point Arena Food Pantry)
    • Fort Bragg Branch (Fort Bragg Food Bank)
    • Round Valley (Round Valley Food Pantry)
    • Ukiah Branch (Ukiah Food Bank)
    • Willits Branch (Willits Food Bank)
  • Monterey County Library (Food Bank for Monterey County)
    • Administrative Offices
    • Aromas Branch
    • Big Sur Branch
    • Bradley Branch
    • Buena Vista Branch
    • Carmel Valley Branch
    • Castroville Branch
    • Gonzales Branch
    • Greenfield Branch
    • King City Branch
    • Marina Branch
    • Pajaro Branch
    • Prunedale Branch
    • San Ardo Branch
    • Seaside Branch
    • Soledad Branch
  • Moreno Valley Public Library
  • Oakland Public Library (Alameda County Food Bank)
    • Asian Branch
    • Brookfield Branch
    • Cesar E. Chavez Branch
    • Dimond Branch
    • Eastmont Branch
    • Elmhurst Branch
    • Golden Gate Branch
    • Lakeview Branch
    • Main Library
    • Martin Luther King Jr. Branch
    • Melrose Branch
    • Montclair Branch
    • Piedmont Ave. Branch
    • Rockridge Branch
    • Temescal Branch
    • West Oakland Branch
    • 81st Ave. East Oakland Community Branch
  • OC Public Libraries (partnering with Second Harvest Food Bank unless otherwise noted)
    • Aliso Viejo Branch Library
    • Brea Branch Library
    • Costa Mesa Verde Branch Library
    • Cypress Branch Library
    • Dana Point Branch Library
    • El Toro Branch Library
    • Fountain Valley Branch Library
    • Garden Grove Chapman Branch Library
    • Garden Grove Regional Branch Library
    • Garden Grove West Branch Library
    • Irvine Heritage Park Branch Library
    • Irvine University Park Branch Library
    • Irvine Katie Wheeler Branch Library
    • La Habra Branch Library (La Habra Community Resource Care Center)
    • La Palma Branch Library
    • Ladera Ranch Branch Library
    • Laguna Beach Branch Library
    • Laguna Niguel Branch Library
    • Los Alamitos Rossmoor Branch Library
    • Rancho Santa Margarita Branch Library
    • San Clemente Branch Library
    • San Juan Capistrano Branch Library
    • Seal Beach Mary Wilson Branch Library
    • Stanton Branch Library
    • Tustin Branch Library
    • Villa Park Branch Library
    • Westminster Branch Library
  • Orange Public Library (Friendly Center)
    • Orange Public Library & History Center
    • El Modena Branch Library
    • Taft Branch Library
  • Palos Verdes Library District (The Volunteer Center, South Bay-Harbor-Long Beach Food for Kids)
    • Malaga Cove Library
    • Miraleste Library
    • Peninsula Center Library
    • The Annex
  • Rancho Cucamonga Paul A. Biane Library
  • Riverside County Library System
    • Desert Hot Springs Library
    • Glen Avon Regional Library
    • Idyllwild Library (Idyllwild Help Center)
    • La Quinta Branch Library (FIND Food Bank)
    • San Jacinto Public Library (Hope Food Bank, Inc.)
  • Roseville Public Library (Placer County Food Bank)
    • Downtown Library
    • Maidu Library
    • Martha Riley Community Library
  • Sacramento Public Library
  • San Diego County Library (The Jacobs and Cushman San Diego Food Bank)
    • 4S Ranch Branch Library
    • Alpine Branch Library
    • Bonita Branch Library
    • Cardiff-by-the-Sea Branch Library
    • Del Mar Branch Library
    • El Cajon Branch Library
    • Encinitas Branch Library
    • Imperial Beach Branch Library
    • Lemon Grove Branch Library
    • Poway Branch Library
    • Solana Beach Branch Library
  • San Diego Public Library (San Diego Food Bank)
    • Allied Gardens/Benjamin
    • Balboa
    • Carmel Mountain Ranch
    • Carmel Valley
    • Central
    • City Heights/Weingart
    • Clairemont
    • College-Rolando
    • Kensington-Normal Heights
    • La Jolla/Riford
    • Linda Vista
    • Logan Heights
    • Mira Mesa
    • Mission Hills
    • Mission Valley
    • Mountain View/Beckwourth
    • North Clairemont
    • North Park
    • North University Community
    • Oak Park
    • Ocean Beach
    • Otay Mesa-Nestor
    • Pacific Beach/Taylor
    • Paradise Hills
    • Point Loma/Hervey
    • Rancho Bernardo
    • Rancho Peñasquitos
    • READ/San Diego
    • San Carlos
    • San Ysidro
    • Scripps Miramar Ranch
    • Serra Mesa-Kearny Mesa
    • Skyline Hills
    • Tierrasanta
    • University Community
    • University Heights
    • Valencia Park/Malcolm X
  • San Leandro Public Library (Davis Street Family Resource Center)
    • Main Library
    • Manor Branch Library
    • Mulford-Marina Branch Library
    • South Branch Library
  • San Mateo County Library (Second Harvest Food Bank of San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties)
    • Atherton Library
    • Belmont Library
    • Brisbane Library
    • East Palo Alto Library
    • Foster City Library
    • Half Moon Bay Library
    • Millbrae Library
    • Pacifica Sanchez Library
    • Pacifica Sharp Park Library
    • Portola Valley Library
    • San Carlos Library
    • Woodside Library
  • Santa Clara City Library (Second Harvest Food Bank)
  • Santa Cruz Public Libraries (Second Harvest)
    • Summer Reading Festival of the Book
  • Signal Hill Public Library (Food Finders of Signal Hill)
  • Tehama County Library
  • Watsonville Public Library
  • Whittier Public LIbrary (Interfaith Food Center)
  • Victorville City Library
  • Yolo County Library (The Food Bank of Yolo County)
    • Administrative Offices - Woodland
    • Clarksburg Branch
    • Mary L. Stephens Davis Branch
    • Esparto Regional Library
    • Knights Landing Branch
    • South Davis Montgomery Satellite
    • Arthur F. Turner Community Library - West Sacramento
    • Winters Community Library
    • Yolo Branch
  • Yorba Linda Public Library (Orange County Food Bank)
     

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Questions?

Please contact CLA Programs Associate Trish Garone.

 

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