The Kids Cafe Program Concept 

This afterschool feeding program traces its origins to 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.

Program Summary

Kids Cafe programs provide free meals and snacks to low-income children through a variety of community locations where children already congregate during the afterschool hours—such as Boys and Girls Clubs, churches or public schools. In addition to providing meals to kids, some Kids Cafe programs also offer a safe place, where under the supervision of trustworthy staff, a child can get involved in educational, recreational and social activities. All Kids Cafe programs also offer nutrition education throughout the school year. 

Program Objectives 

  • Serve nutritious meals to children at-risk of hunger
  • Provide programs within easily accessible safe sites
  • Supplement the meal service with enrichment activities

National Program Data

  • Nearly 120 Feeding America members and partner distribution organizations operate the Kids Cafe program
  • There are over 1,500 Kids Cafe sites such as schools and other afterschool organizations
  • Collectively, these programs serve over 122,000 children each year

Does Your Local Feeding America Food Bank Operate a Kids Cafe Program?

Use the Food Bank Locator here 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’s child hunger programs please, contact the programs team.