In Rhode Island, nearly half of all school-aged children qualify for free or reduced-price lunches. To assist with dinner, Kids Cafe serves wholesome evening meals to children at risk of hunger.
The program, a partnership between the Food Bank and Boys & Girls Clubs and community centers, features meals prepared by the Community Kitchen program. Community Kitchen is a culinary training program that prepares unemployed adults for food service jobs.
Feeding America, a national network of more than 200 food banks, developed the Kids Cafe model in 1993 and the Rhode Island Community Food Bank launched its first two Kids Cafe sites in 1998. It is operated with support from the USDA and grants from local business and organizations.
Kids Cafe currently serves an average of 130 meals each day.
Current Kids Cafe sites: