California Summer Reading Program
Acquire a Taste for Giving: The Reading Is So Delicious Food Drive
CLA Food Drive Update:
Approximately 900 lbs reported collected so far...
...9100 lbs to go!
Help us reach 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.
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.
- 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 trailor, and to purchase the DVD. Coupon code for California public libraries: CLASUMMER2013.
(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.
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.
- Arcadia Library and (Arcadia Welfare and Thrift)
- Butte County Library, Paradise 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
- Ygnacio Valley Library
- El Dorado County Library (local area food banks)
- Main Library, Placerville
- Cameron Park Branch
- El Dorado Hills Branch
- Georgetown Branch
- Pollock Pines Branch
- South Lake Tahoe Branch
- Escondido Public Library (Escondido Community Interfaith Services)
- Hemet Public Library
- Mendocino County Public Library
- Coast Community Library
- 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
- Riverside County Library, Desert Hot Springs Library
- Signal Hill Public Library (Food Finders of Signal Hill)
- Tehama County Library
- Whittier Public LIbrary (Interfaith Food Center)
- Yorba Linda Public Library (Orange County Food Bank)
Please contact CLA Programs Associate Trish Garone.