In Savannah, GA in 1989, two young brothers were discovered late one night in the kitchen of their housing project’s community center after the older brother broke into the kitchen to feed himself and his younger brother.
In response to this glaring example of child hunger, the Second Harvest Food Bank of Coastal Georgia started the first Kid’s Café. In 1993, America’s Second Harvest launched the national Kid’s Café program.
Kids Café programs provide free meals and snacks to low-income children through a variety of existing community locations where children congregate such as Boys and Girls Clubs, churches, or public schools. In addition to providing hot meals to hungry kids, some Kids Café programs also offer a safe place, where under the supervision of trustworthy staff, a child can get involved in educational, recreational, and social activities that draw on existing community programs and often include family members.
- Kids Café is the most expansive child feeding program in the nation.
- There are over 1,600 established Kids Cafes in operation.
- Nearly 13.8 million children live in food insecure households. Each year, the America’s Second Harvest Network serves nine million of these children.
Do you remember as a kid how hungry you were when you got home from school?
Now imagine coming home and not having enough to eat to stop those hunger pains.
Kids Cafes eliminate this poignant moment for participating low-income children. A program of America’s Second Harvest, The Nations Food Bank Network, Kids Cafes provide an evening meal and enrichment activities in a safe and nurturing environment.
With help of generous donors, the Second Harvest Food Bank provides a cook’s salary, technical assistance, volunteer recruitment support, and much of the food served at each site. Community partners provide a location and volunteers to manage the day-to-day operations of the program.
Feed hungry children – that’s what Mr. Bee’s Kid’s café is all about. Westminster has joined this great effort knowing that:
1. Nutrition is a challenge in a hungry child’s long term development.
2. The act of feeding hungry children in a safe environment removes many barriers that can prevent children from gaining access to free, nutritious food within child-centered spaces.
Mr. Bee’s Kids Cafe
10-20 children at high risk for hunger due to financial and home situations are identified by teachers at HB Rhame Elementary school to be part of this critical mentoring program. Harvest Hope Food Bank will provide all the necessary food and snacks for a hot dinner, as well as groceries to send home in back packs with the children.
2:20- 3:15 p.m. Start homework at school with two HB Rhame teachers
3:15 – 3:30 p.m. Bus ride to Westminster
3:30 – 4:00 p.m. Games and sports in Gym
4:00 – 4:30 p.m. Homework (if needed), games and puzzles
4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Reading time and Music
5:30 p.m. Dinner is served in the Amazing Place
6:00 Parents Pick Up