In Charleston County, SC, food access and literacy programming has been the successful outcome of a robust partnership between Charleston County Public Library and a number of community partners. A summer feeding program was launched in 2019 in direct partnership with Charleston County School District, allowing children in underserved parts of the county to receive hot meals during the summer holiday. In 2020, an afterschool snack program was piloted with the help of Lowcountry Food Bank. Lowcountry Food Bank has also been a partner in food and cooking literacy programming since 2019, when their Charlie Cart mobile kitchen was loaned on a long-term basis to CCPL for in-person programming, and during the pandemic they have been partners in the shift to virtual programming. Join the CCPL Department of Community Engagement to learn about these programs and how you can approach organizations in your own community to feed hungry minds and bodies.
Upon completion, participants will be able to identify key partnering organizations in their community with whom they can collaborate to provide food access and literacy programming.
Upon completion, participants will be able to identify and troubleshoot barriers to food access and programming in their libraries.