Strengthening Communities: Food Access at Your Library
This webinar shares examples of library food access initiatives including seed libraries, community gardens and farmers markets.
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Libraries across the country are increasingly working to address food insecurity in their local communities. Presenters from the South Carolina State Library, University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health SNAP-Ed program, and Richland Library will provide examples of library food access initiatives including seed libraries, community gardens and farmers markets. Guidance will be provided on how to start food access initiatives with limited local partnership options, few staff and limited resources in rural, urban and suburban settings. The session will also explore how two statewide organizations support local libraries in this work through technical assistance and funding.
Presented by: Carrie Draper, MSW, Senior Research Associate, Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior, University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health; Ashley Page, MSW, SNAP-Ed Program Coordinator, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina; Leighan Cazier, Experience Support Specialist, Richland Library; and Rebecca Antill, Youth Services Consultant, Library Development, South Carolina State Library
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- Health Literacy Begins at Your Library, 2019 webinar
- Lunch at the Library: Nourishing Bodies and Minds, 2018 webinar
- Beyond Food for Fines: Libraries, Food Banks and Feeding America, 2017 webinar
- Growing Library Garden Programs
- Seed and Plant Swap Grows During COVID
- Hunger and Libraries: Snacks, Backpacks and More
- SNAP-Ed Connection Resources
- SNAP-Ed Plan Guidance FY2021 (pdf)
- USDA SNAP Participation chart
- State SNAP-Ed Programs
- South Carolina State SNAP-Ed Program
- South Carolina Food Desert Map
- A report from the Food Equity Subcommittee of the City of Columbia Food Policy Committee, December 2019 (pdf)
- A Market For All: Hosting a Farmers Market at Your Library, video produced by SNAP-Ed South Carolina
- Richland Library Seed Library
- Richland Library - Library of Things
- Richland Library Fresh Food, Fresh Thinking 2018 Report
- Fresh Food, Fresh Thinking Video (2018)
- Calhoun County Unveils Children's Educational Garden, 2015
- SC Read Eat Grow
- SC Plants the Seed
- DeKalb County SNAP-Ed Educator Establishes Blessing Box, an example of a SNAP-Ed/library partnership during COVID-19
- Greenville County Library System Seed Library
- Spokane County Library District Seed Library
- Free and Fresh Fridge coming to St. Paul’s Hollywood Library
- Charlotte Library Seed Library
- Seed Libraries and Seed Libraries Network
- The Charlie Cart Project
- Tower Garden at Gwinett County Public Library see also, Programs for Culinary Literacy at the Gwinnett County Public Library
- "Market Bucks help SNAP customers stretch their dollars at the farmers market making healthy food more affordable."
- webinar, Whole Person Librarianship: Fostering Empathy in Challenging Times and book, Whole Person Librarianship: A Social Work Approach to Patron Services, by Sara K. Zettervall and Mary C. Nienow
- Brown County Library (WI) is working with UW-Extension to obtain grant funding for two Flex Farm indoor vertical farming units to use with our educational programs and to grow produce for give-aways (https://forkfarms.com/product/flex-farm-gen-4/) This ties in with our previous work with our local schools to offer the free summer lunch program (almost 20 years) and the Cellcom Children's Edible Garden we started about 6 years ago with a wide variety of related educational programs as well as produce give-aways.
- Holyoke Public Library will be hosting a Container Gardening Workshop Video (pdf flyer), coming on April 17! Check out their Facebook page to watch or find the recording.
- McCracken County Public Library #HealthyAtHome Gardening Group
- How Range Is Addressing Food Insecurity During COVID-19, TechSoup
24 March 2021
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Eastern Daylight Time, North America [UTC -4]
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Webinar presenter Ashley Page
Webinar presenter Leighan Cazier
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