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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. Kids 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 19 Kids Cafe programs in Laredo and surroundings areas and two pilot sites in Bruni and Mirando City. 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 such as the Boys and Girls Clubs and other community centers.
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. 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 3:30p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Times may vary per site)
KIDS CAFE SITES:
Currently, there are 19 Cafes in four South Texas counties:
Become a sponsor to one of our Kids Cafes, sponsor a meal, a holiday, or sponsor a site. Contact Dr. Jesse Olivarez for more sponsorhip 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 17 sites!
You can voluteer 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:
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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.