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Food Literacy: Home

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


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. 

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.

Afterschool Meals in Libraries – Offering Year-Round Nutrition

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


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.


This free webinar is hosted by No Kid Hungry. Register here:


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:


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.


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.

Library Services Consultant

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Deborah Dutcher

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