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 & Girls Club of Dayton
  • Dakota Center
  • Dayton Christian Center
  • East End Kid’s Café
  • Holt Street Miracle Center
  • Liberty Worship Center
  • Memorial UCC
  • Mount Olive Baptist Church
  • Saint Paul United Methodist Church
  • Victory Project Inc.
  • Wesley Community Center
  • 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 1,500 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:

  • City Day Community School
  • Cleveland School (Dayton Public Schools)
  • Dayton Christian Center
  • Dayton Leadership Academy
  • Dayton SMART Bilingual Academy
  • Dixie Elementary (New Lebanon Schools)
  • E.J. Brown School (Dayton Public Schools)
  • East End Community Center
  • Edison Elementary (Dayton Public Schools)
  • John Morrison Elementary (Northridge Schools)
  • Memorial UCC
  • Montgomery County ESC East
  • Richard Allen Prep
  • Ruskin Elementary (Dayton Public Schools)
  • Saville Elementary School (Mad River Local Schools)
  • Summit Academy Community School
  • Timberlane Learning Center (Northridge Schools)
  • Trotwood Early Learning Center (Trotwood Madison Schools)
  • Virginia Stevenson School (Mad River Local Schools)
  • Wesley Community Center
  • Westwood Elementary (Dayton Public Schools)
  • Wright Elementary (Fairborn City Schools)
  • Xenia Community Schools

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