The Kids Cafe Program began in Savannah, Georgia in 1989, when two young brothers were discovered late one night in the kitchen of their housing project's community center looking for food. In response to this glaring example of child hunger, the Second Harvest Food Bank of Coastal Georgia started the first Kids Cafe. In 1993, Feeding America launched the national Kids Cafe program.
Kids Cafe programs provide free meals and snacks to low-income children through a variety of community locations where children gather during the afterschool hours—such as Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCAs, churches or public schools. In addition to providing meals to kids, Kids Cafes offer a safe place where children can participate in educational, recreational and social activities under the supervision of trustworthy staff. Kids Cafe programs also offer nutrition education throughout the school year.
Last year, Kids Cafe Programs provided more than 14.5 million meals to nearly 155,000 children.
Does Your Local Feeding America Food Bank Operate a Kids Cafe Program?
Use the Food Bank Locator to contact your local food bank and find out what they are doing in your community.
Need More Information?
For additional information on the Kids Cafe program or any of Feeding America child hunger program please contact the programs team.