Lunch at the Library will only be successful if the children and families in your community know about it. Some of the ways you can raise awareness of your program among the people who need it include the following:
- Create program flyers and calendars and send them to local schools, community partners, and the places that families in your community go.
- Ask school principals to send notes home promoting the program.
- Hang a banner promoting the program outside the library.
- Send press releases to local media that your families listen to or watch.
- Create doorhangers promoting the program and hang them on the doors in the neighborhood.
- Get the program included in your local 211 service.
- Provide information about the library to your meal provider so that they can also promote it.
- Provide information to community leaders in the communities you are trying to reach.
- During the summer lunch period, when the food is served, make an announcement and go around the library letting kids and teens know. Some need a personal invitation to feel comfortable enough to get the food.
- Design and put out menus as a way of creating a cafe environment, promoting the program, and letting families know what meals will be served.
Lunch at the Library is a project of the California Library Association and California Summer Meal Coalition and is funded by a grant from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.
Photo: YMCA of Silicon Valley.