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Food Literacy

This guide contains resources pertaining to the New Hampshire Food Literacy initiative that includes nutrition education and food related programming in public libraries.

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Deborah Dutcher

Food Insecurity Map

Access Map HERE

Beyond Yuck and Yum

What if food in library programming could build communities around food? What if it could start conversations about culture and food equity?

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End of Federal Emergency SNAP Allotment

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announces that, as the result of federal legislation, the federal Emergency Allotment of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits will end in February 2023. Beginning in March 2023, the SNAP benefit allotment will revert to the household’s pre-pandemic dollar amount.

The New Hampshire Food Access Map provides information on programs that offer nutrition assistance to residents, including food pantries, churches, Meals on Wheels programs, the Women, Infants & Children Nutrition Program (WIC), the Commodity Supplemental Food Program for adults ages 60 and older, and the New Hampshire Food Bank.  

For more information and additional resources, visit and

Also see The New Hampshire Department of Education's  Office of Nutrition Programs and Services provides educational leadership, program technical assistance, federal and state funding and general services that promote and fund health, nutritional daily needs of children and adults and nutrition education for all program participants through the administration of USDA Child Nutrition Services in New Hampshire schools, institutes and summer programs.


Food always brings people together, why not at the library? The New Hampshire State Library seeks to improve food literacy at libraries around New Hampshire by providing resources for education about food, nutrition, healthy eating, and cooking that support and improve community health. 

Kitchen in a Box

The Kitchen in a box contains common kitchen tools and appliances for a public library program. This kit was modeled on kits that the Culinary Literacy Center at the Philadelphia Free Library built for their branch libraries to utilize.

To borrow--contact Deborah Dutcher, Library Services Library.

Notice: Thanks to ARPA funds, we now have a second Kitchen in a Box circulating.

Food education or access initiatives funding opportunity

A funding opportunity for U.S. libraries interested in starting or expanding food education or food access initiatives


The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Patrick Leahy Farm to School Grant Program is designed to increase the availability of local foods in schools and help connect students to the sources of their food through education, taste tests, school gardens, field trips, and local food sourcing for school meals. Grants can launch new farm to school programs or expand existing efforts. Applications are open through January 12, 2024.


On an annual basis, USDA awards competitive Farm to School grants that support state, regional, and local organizations as they initiate, expand, and institutionalize efforts to increase access to food and to food education among America’s youth.


Grantees include schools and districts, Indian tribal organizations, agricultural producers or groups of agricultural producers, non-profit entities, and state and local agencies.

In other words, public libraries  are eligible to participate in this program, which has been offered annually since 2013.


Are you considering applying for a grant and need support?

In partnership with the USDA, the Kids Garden Community is hosting a special, free informational session on November 8, 2023 from 3:00-4:30 PM ET to provide application support for those applying for youth garden-related projects. Sign up now!

This session will consist of:

  • Grant information presented by the USDA
  • Tips and lessons learned from grantees

Let's Move In Libraries

Everyone has a role to play in increasing healthy living, including libraries! Let’s Move in Libraries is an international initiative to get people of all ages and abilities on the path to health. With their impressive reach and great potential for impact, public libraries can and do support healthy communities through StoryWalks®, seed collections, Yoga classes, gardens, cooking classes, and much, much more. Through Let’s Move in Libraries, public libraries can come together with partners to answer the call to action.

Food in the Library

Food in the Library: Reading & Feeding Your Community

Julie Elmore, Library Director, Oakland City – Columbia Township Public Library, Oakland City, IN (Population served: 3,830)

While some libraries have policies against having food in the library, the Oakland City – Columbia Township Public Library in Indiana embraces food and actively works towards incorporating it across many areas of programming in unique ways. Drive through food pick-ups, growing a vertical indoor garden, programming around food, and partnering with the regional food bank to distribute monthly supplemental food boxes to seniors are just some of the ways this library is helping to combat food insecurity in small and often hidden ways in their community. Julie will share tips about creating partnerships with community organizations and finding the grants to help make these food programs successful.

Afterschool Meals in Libraries – Offering Year-Round Nutrition

 Libraries provide a unique opportunity to combat food insecurity and improve the health and well-being of children in their communities. Interested in learning how? Join this webinar to learn how the Afterschool Meals Program can provide nutritious meals and snacks in libraries. You will hear from two libraries and a program sponsor – Jasmin LoBosso from the Kern County Library in California, Sarah Wright from the Columbus Metropolitan Library in Ohio, and Shannon Amos from the Children’s Hunger Alliance – about their experience starting Afterschool Meals Programs in libraries.


Recording from Wednesday, May 18, 3:00pm ET / 2:00 pm CT / 1:00 MT / Noon PT


The webinar will be recorded and archived on the No Kid Hungry website.


Also check out no Kid Hungry’s resource about summer and afterschool meals and libraries:


This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the New Hampshire State Library.