1 in 5 kids in Central Florida is at risk of going to bed hungry tonight. Learn how we are helping close the hunger gap for our most vulnerable population.
Kids Cafe is an after-school meal service program that provides food to children in Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties. We prepare and deliver nutritionally balanced meals on week days during the school year.
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 such as community centers, churches, and Parks & Recreation sites, prepare and serve meals to children at their location. Each center also provides a wide range of enrichment and educational activities including nutritional education.
Hunger doesn't take a summer break; neither does the need for good nutrition. As part of the Florida Summer Food Service Program, Second Harvest prepares, packages and distributes nutritious meals and snacks free of charge to kids and teens ages 18 and under. Learn more about the impact of this program.
The Kids Packs program provides nutritious meals to children who do not have access to school cafeterias during the weekend. The program started when educators came to Second Harvest looking for a solution to providing weekend food for the neediest of their students. Students were coming to school sick on Monday and unable to learn because they had not eaten since their school lunch the previous Friday.
The food packs contain a variety of easy to open, kid-friendly items such as cereal, shelf-stable milk and juice, fruit cups, granola bars and more. Second Harvest feeding partners help distribute the packs at local elementary schools that have a significant percentage of student participation in free and reduced lunch programs.
The School Partnerships Program offers a student-centered, stigma-reducing approach to increasing access to nutritious food outside the cafeteria setting to students experiencing hunger. Students can choose from a variety of free snacks, nonperishable grocery items, and fresh produce without question of need or eligibility. Learn more about this program and how you can get involved.
Wawa’s Fly Beyond initiative increases access to nutritious food and fresh produce for kids and families year-round. This $1 million investment aims to reach more than 50,000 households experiencing food insecurity by providing supplemental fresh produce at Summer Food Service program sites, Weekend Meal Kits at participating schools and expanding access to fresh produce through the School Partnerships Program. The initiative will create a blueprint for other food banks and communities across the nation to follow. Learn more.