Each month, ByWater Solutions selects one library to be awarded $500. These funds are meant to support libraries and their communities and fill gaps in funding to further library goals.
We are very excited to announce our first winner of the ByWater Community Giveback, the Silver Lake Public Library Foundation in Silver Lake, Kansas.
The Silver Lake Public Library Foundation, Inc. was organized to further educational purposes through improvement and support of library services. They provide advocacy, private financial support and innovative leadership to transform Silver Lake Public Library into a vibrant life-long learning center that builds the community and enriches lives.
The funds from the ByWater Community Giveback will be used for the Silver Lake Library's Snag-a-Snack Program. The money granted to us by ByWater Community Giveback will help the Foundation to limit the amount of funds they have to pull from their Children's budget for the program.
The funds for the program go towards providing healthy after-school snacks to any school aged child in the Silver Lake School District. Their main goal is to reduce after-school hunger in the communities of Silver Lake by providing two non-perishable snack items to any student, three days a week when school is in session and when the library is open. Snacks are served Monday, Wednesday, Friday.
Through this afterschool-program they hope not only to feed children but to increase library service connections with youth and families in their community. In the 2 years that they have led the Snag-a-Snack Program, the library has served 3,814 students. In the 2019-2020 school year, they served 1,605 students and in the 2020-2021 school year they served 2,209 students. They hope to continue to see an increase in their numbers for this school year and beyond.
About the ByWater Community Giveback
We will select one library a month to donate $500 to their Non-profit 501c3 organization such as Friends of the Library, Library Foundation, or other funding entity. These funds are meant to support libraries and their communities and fill gaps in funding to further library goals. We LOVE libraries. Our team is made up of librarians and library fanatics. We're always looking for ways to give back and create opportunities where we can to support libraries. This is a small token of thanks for all the hard work libraries do in their communities every day.