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
  • 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 over 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 2015/16 sites include:

  • EJ Brown Elementary, Dayton Public
  • Ruskin Elementary, Dayton Public
  • Westwood Elementary, Dayton Public
  • Cleveland Elementary, Dayton Public
  • Dayton Leadership Academy
  • Trotwood Early Learning Center, Trotwood-Madison Schools
  • John Morrison Elementary, Northridge Schools
  • Timberland Learning Center, Northridge Schools
  • Saville Elementary, Mad River Local Schools
  • Virginia Stevenson, Mad River Local Schools
  • CF Holliday, West Carrollton City Schools
  • Dixie Elementary, New Lebanon City Schools
  • CityDay Community School
  • Richard Allen Preparatory
  • Montgomery County Educational Service Center- East
  • Xenia Community Schools
  • Boys & Girls Club of Dayton
  • Dayton Christian Center
  • Wesley Community Center
  • East End Community Services

If you are interested in receiving Good-to-Go Backpacks for your school or after-school program, please complete our BackpackApplication and send it to Lizz Kelly