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:

  • Dakota Center
  • Dayton Christian Center
  • East End Community Center
  • Holt Street Miracle Center
  • YMCA of Greater Dayton
  • T.O.P.S – On Purpose Girls Mentoring
  • Liberty Helping Hands Food Pantry
  • Memorial UCC Food Pantry
  • Wesley Community Center, Inc.
  • Mount Olive Baptist Church
  • St. Paul United Methodist Church

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 1,500 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:

  • Belle Haven (DPS)
  • Edison Elementary (DPS)
  • Fairview PreK-6 (DPS)
  • Montgomery County ESC
  • Rivers Edge Montesorri Ruskin (DPS)
  • Saville Elementary (Mad River)
  • St. Benedict the Moor
  • Trotwood ELC (Trotwood Madison)
  • Valerie PreK-6 (DPS)
  • Virginia Stevenson (Mad River)
  • Westbrook Village (Trotwood Madison)
  • Westwood Elementary (DPS)
  • Xenia Community Schools
  • Dixie Elementary (New Lebanon Schools)
  • City Day Community School (DPS)
  • Dayton Christian Center (DPS)
  • Dayton Leadership Academies
  • Dayton SMART Elementary
  • DECA Prep
  • Fairborn Primary Wright (Fairborn)
  • Memorial UCC KIND
  • Miami Valley Academies
  • Mother Brunner Catholic School
  • Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic School
  • Richard Allen Prep
  • Northmont FISH (Northmont)