When school is out for the summer, many children may lack access to regular nutritious meals. An increasing number of libraries in New York State are working to help ensure that kids and teens are able to find healthy meals and snacks as part of the Summer Reading at New York Libraries program. This year, 118 libraries across the state have been approved to serve summer meals through the federally funded Summer Food Service Program. The New York State Library works closely with our partners at Hunger Solutions NY and the New York State Education Department to make libraries aware of the Summer Food Service Program, and encourage them to become involved and participate by signing up to serve healthy meals or snacks to accompany library programs.
Watch for an article on the Summer Food Service Program and library participation appearing in the New York Times online on Sunday, July 30, and in print on Monday, July 31. There will also be a Facebook Live segment broadcast from Roosevelt Library on Long Island on Monday, July 31 at 12:05 PM EST. To watch the Facebook livestream, search “WellNYT” on Facebook, like the page, and turn on notifications.
To find out more about Summer Reading and how your library can participate in the Summer Food Service Program, go tohttp://www.summerreadingnys.org/librarians-educators/le-resources/#hunger