Librarians Secure Grant Funds for Summer Food Service Project

Plain City, OH –  The Plain City Public Library’s Technology Services Manager, Shane Hoffman and his team of librarians from around Ohio were selected as one of four groups in the State Library’s ILEAD program.  Team Vittles, as they now call themselves, came together out of a desire to increase library participation in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).  The SFSP is a program that helps ensure that kids who get free and reduced price lunches during the school year don’t fall through the cracks during the summer months.

The State Library began encouraging libraries to participate in SFSP in recent years, and Team Vittles aims to build on the foundation they have laid down.  Their goals are to inform librarians of the opportunity, help them through the process of becoming involved in this federally funded program, and to help them encourage participation by the students.  Toward that end, the ILEAD program chose Team Vittles to participate in three three-day workshops that will help them sharpen their leadership and advocacy skills.  The program also awarded them a three thousand dollar grant to help fund their mission.

The ILEAD program is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), Kent State, and the State Library.  As you may have heard, the IMLS is in danger of having its funding completely removed in the next federal budget.  If you think that programs like this are valuable to your community, please take a moment to contact your federal legislator.


Team from Left to Right:

Sarah Schaff from Denison University, Gina Maida from the University of Mount Union, Missy Lodge awarding us our grant, Kate McCartney from the Marysville Public Library, Gregg Gassman from the State Library, and Shane Hoffman of the Plain City Public Library.