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Kids Cafe is an after-school program that offers nutritious, well-balanced hot meals to children at risk of hunger. Initiated by Feeding America, Kids Cafe provides a safe and positive environment for children ages 17 and under to get fed after school. The Cafes provide our local children a grassroots approach to alleviating childhood hunger and to promote self-esteem and individual development. The South Texas Food Bank's Kids Cafe program currently supports 20 Kids Café feeding and snack sites in Laredo and surroundings areas: 5 in Dimmit county, 2 in Zapata County, 1 in Maverick County and 15 in Webb County. An average of 1,500 children and teenagers participated in the program and close to 320,377 meals were served in the fiscal year 2012-2013!Each Kids Cafe site is operated in partnership with a respected community agency in order to provide the attention and accountability needed to ensure quality programs for children. Although the details and schedules vary by site, most sites feature tutoring, nutrition education, general enrichment activities, mentoring, and nutritious meals.
The Kids Cafes are here to provide free meals and snacks to low-income children through a variety of community locations where children already congregate.
To keep our children and cities safe by keeping the children off the streets.
Children and teenagers 17 years of age or younger are welcome. NO CHILD IS TURNED AWAY. The meals are prepared fresh on a daily basis by Cafe Site volunteers and other community and non-profit kitchenettes like Bethany House and Laredo Job Corps.
There are no economic/income guidelines or restrictions and no applications are needed. NO CHILD IS TURNED AWAY!
Hot meals: Monday – Friday between 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Times may vary per site)
KIDS CAFE SITES:
Currently, there are 20 Kids Café feeding and snack sites in three South Texas counties*:
* Number of physical sites/locations as of April 2015
Become a sponsor to one of our Kids Cafes: sponsor an event or a site or donate food. Contact Dr. Jesse Olivarez for more sponsorship information.
Students, youth and civic organizations are encouraged to volunteer! Volunteers are always welcomed -we can always use an extra pair of hands to help with preparations of food, activities, etc. at any of our 23 sites!
You can volunteer at any of our Kids Cafe locations as a tutor, server, or even help with activities.
Need more information about the program, volunteering, or sponsoring a Kids Cafe site? Contact:
Dr. Jesse Olivarez
South Texas Food Bank
Thank you to all our generous Kids Café site sponsors that include:
In accordance with Federal Law and the U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this organization and/or its programs are prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, age, disability, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, and sexual orientation.
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South Texas Food Bank
1907 Freight St
Laredo, TX 78041
The South Texas Food Bank is a member of Feeding America.