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1 in 4 kids in our community are food insecure. Learn how we are helping close the hunger gap of our most vulnerable population.
Kids Cafe is an after-school meal service program that provides food to children in Orange, Seminole, and Osceola counties. We prepare and deliver USDA meal pattern compliant and nutritionally balanced meals daily.
Kids Cafe is also a partnership. Second Harvest Food Bank provides the food, funding and coordinator training for all Kids Cafe sites with support from corporations, foundations and the State of Florida's Child Care Food Program. Site partners (Community Centers, Churches, County Parks & Recreation, etc.) prepare and serve meals to children at their facility. Each center also provides a wide range of enrichment and educational activities including nutritional education.
Last year, Second Harvest provided 282,014 meals to kids at 30 sites in Central Florida. View our Kids Cafe locations.
Hunger doesn’t end when school lets out; neither does the need for good nutrition. The Darden Foundation Community Kitchen at Second Harvest through Meals for Good helps distribute summer meals as part of the Florida Summer Food Service Program. This past summer we provided over 280,000 breakfasts, lunches and snacks to 118 sites in 6 counties. Learn more about the impact of this program.
Our Hi-Five Kids Pack Program provides nutritious meals to needy children who do not have access to school cafeterias during the weekend. We started the Hi-Five program when educators came to us looking for a solution to providing weekend food for the neediest of their students. Students were coming to school sick and unable to learn because they had not eaten since their school lunch the previous Friday.
Second Harvest Food Bank partners with elementary schools that have a significant percentage of student participation in free and reduced lunch programs. Last year, 21,000 weekend food packs were provided to needy children at elementary schools. Learn more about our packs and who makes this program possible.
The School Market Program establishes partnerships between not-for-profit community organizations (churches, Rotary Clubs, Kiwanis, etc.) with schools in their community to provide food to teens attending medium-to-high need schools in Central Florida.
School Markets are established to provide free snacks, meal items, and fresh produce to students without question of need or eligibility. The stigma barrier is reduced by incorporating students into the development of the market, providing snacks and meal items, offering client choice, and eliminating the traditional intake system. Learn more about this program and how you can get involved.