What: Conference presentation at the 2019 Association for Rural & Small Libraries Conference, Burlington, Vermont

Date: September 6, 2019

Resources: Download the handout/ Download the conference slides / Download the partial transcript of community conversation organized as part of this session

Feeding America: Gardens, Seed Exchanges, Summer Meals, and More! 

Date: 9/6/2019  Time: 9:30 AM Eastern Time  Format: In-Person Conference Presentation.

Three-quarters of the counties with the highest rates of food insecurity are in rural areas. This session will cover how public libraries feed America: 1) Distributing food at the library, 2) Teaching and supporting gardening, 3) Teaching how to prepare healthy food, and 4) Offering the library’s support to food programs (e.g. Food for Fines). We will then go over how you can use the resources of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, including its Cooperative Extension, Summer Food Service, 4-H, and Master Gardener programs. We will conclude with interactive discussion on how you can start feeding America at your library.

Presenters: Noah Lenstra, UNC at Greensboro Department of Library and Information Science