Kids Cafe is an afterschool program that provides nutritious meals to children from low-income families in a safe, secure environment.
Many low-income families find it necessary to cut the size of their children's meals or skip meals because they cannot afford to buy enough food.
In Central Florida, 47% of the members of households served by Second Harvest Food Bank are children.
Disadvantaged young people benefit from our Kids Cafe program by having quick access to meals at the end of the school day. This promotes overall health, the ability to learn more effectively, earn better grades, and increases chances of success. Kids Cafe is making a difference now and will impact the future of our most precious resource - our children.
Kids Cafe is a partnership. Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida provides the food, funding and coordinator training for all Kids Cafe sites with support from corporations, foundations and the State of Florida's Child Care Food Program. Site partners (Community Centers, Boys & Girls Club, Park & Recreation, etc.) provide coordinators to prepare and serve meals to children at their facility. Nutritional education and enrichment activities are also offered.
During fiscal year 2012/2013, Second Harvest provided food to 13 afterschool Kids Cafe sites in three Central Florida counties. A total of 215,544 meals were served to an average of 1,401 children daily.
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We are not currently accepting applications for new Kids Cafes.
For more information about Kids Cafe, please contact:
Santos Maldonado - Childhood Hunger Programs Manager