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CA State Library has awarded CLA a $1,000,000 local assistance Grant for Lunch at the Library
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January 2, 2019


The California State Library has awarded California Library Association a $1,000,000 local assistance grant to support the expansion and enhancement of the Lunch at the Library program for Summer 2019. These funds are intended to expand the number of, and enhance the quality of, library meal sites in California. 

California libraries will be offered the opportunity to apply for these funds through mini grants. The grants will support program expansion and enhancement, and library jurisdictions providing pop-up programming at community (non-library) summer meal sites.

Public library summer meal programs connect children and teens to nutritious meals, to libraries’ extensive resources and to free learning and enrichment opportunities. This crucial combination helps address the summer meal gap as well as summer learning loss and the widening achievement and opportunity gaps that disproportionately affect low-income youth. The Lunch at the Library program leverages public libraries and community partnerships; and demonstrates libraries’ vital role as trusted spaces that help to create healthy and vibrant communities. 

Funding for the Lunch at the Library project will be administered in California by the California State Librarian. California Library Association will be the administrative and program manager for these state funds.


For more information on the Lunch at the Library program please visit:

For information on, and to register for, the upcoming January 28th, 2019 Lunch at the Library Information Workshop please visit:

For questions about the Lunch at the Library program and funding opportunities please contact Patricia Garone at