Kids Cafe / Backpack

Kids Cafe

Kids Cafe® programs provide free meals and snacks to low-income children through a variety of existing community locations such as after school programs and churches. In addition to providing meals to hungry kids, Kids Cafe® programs offer a safe place, where under the supervision of trustworthy staff, a child can get involved in educational, recreational and social activities.

There are a number of Kids Cafe® programs in the area including:

  • Boys and Girls Club of Dayton
  • Dakota Center
  • Dayton Christian Center
  • East End KIDS CAFE®
  • Holt Street Miracle Center
  • Liberty Food Pantry / KIDS CAFE®
  • Memorial UCC Program
  • St. Paul United Methodist Church
  • T.O.P.S.
  • Wesley Community Center, Inc.
  • YMCA of Greater Dayton

Good-to-Go Backpack Program

There are many children throughout The Foodbank’s service area that receive free or reduced lunches at school. But over the weekend, these same children are at a high risk of going hungry. The Good-to-Go Backpack program addresses the needs of nearly 1,000 of these children throughout the area.

Good-to-Go backpacks are sent home with specifically identified children every Friday throughout the school year. Each backpack is filled with food children can take home and eat over the weekend. The food is kid-friendly, easy-open and easily prepared. No one but the child knows what is in his or her backpack, thus maintaining the dignity of each participant.

Participating Good-to-Go Backpack sites include:

  • Boys & Girls Club of Dayton
  • Dayton Christian Center
  • Dixie Elementary School
  • East End Community Services
  • E.J. Brown PreK-8 School
  • Fairview PreK-8
  • Liberty Worship Center
  • Louise Troy PreK-3 School
  • Memorial UCC
  • Northridge John Morrison Elementary
  • River’s Edge Montessori PreK-6 School
  • Saville Elementary School
  • Trotwood Early Learning Center
  • Trotwood Madison Elementary School
  • Virginia PreK-8
  • Wright Elementary School
  • Xenia Community Schools