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Community Engagement Programs

Books & Bites Library Intern

Phoenix Public Library


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About the Internship


St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance and Phoenix Public Library have teamed up to provide late afternoon meals to children who otherwise might go hungry. It's a great opportunity to nourish the mind and body as we provide literacy activities or programs during the meals. Interns are needed for the Books & Bites programs at Burton Barr Central Library. Interns distribute pre-packaged meals to children 18 and under, supervise the meal time, and provide some type of literacy enhancement programming during the meal time. And support the Children's Place area with organization and support duties such as shelf reading and sorting.

Population Served:

Low-income families with children 18 and under.

Community Need:

As many as 38% of Phoenix children 18 and under go to bed hungry.Using funding from the federal Suplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program (SNAP), St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance is providing free evening meals to children 18 and under at seven Phoenix Public Library sites,  providing an estimated 600 meals a week to children who might otherwise go hungry.

Community Impact:

We estimate serving 25-35 meals five days a week at each site, providing a stable food source for families living on the edge. As a side benefit, children will receive the benefit of literacy-related activities and another reason to spend time at the library.