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Programs & Services

Kids Cafe

Kids Cafe provides a nutritious after-school hot meal and a "kid-friendly" nutrition-education program to hungry and at-risk-of-hunger children. Food Bank for Westchester works with potential Kids Cafe sites to develop program services and funding.

Kids Cafe is a trademarked program of Feeding America, the national food-bank network, and is implemented by a local Feeding America food bank, in this case Food Bank for Westchester. There are over 1,200 Kids Cafes operating across the United States

Each Kids Cafe program must serve a minimum of 20 children a day a minimum of three days a week, and it must be located in a space that is easy for participating children to get to and be safe.

A Kids Cafe survey conducted in 2001 by Con Agra Feeding Children Better revealed that 2/3rds of participating children in the 20 Kids Cafes surveyed reported feeling better, happier and more energetic, plus they had improved grades. Sixty four to seventy percent of the parents of participating children reported their children showed marked improvement in behavior, physical health, learning and safety.

The Yonkers YMCA Kids Cafe, the first Kids Cafe in Westchester, reported that, since starting the Kids Cafe, there has been a marked improvement in the behavior of participating children. The children have more energy to participate in physical activities, are able to better focus on intellectual tasks such as computer lab and homework, are much nicer to each other, fight less and actually socialize, especially over their meal.

The following Kids Cafes are operating in Westchester:

New Little Branches Kids Cafe, 150 Woodworth Avenue, Yonkers: 20 kids

YMCA Yonkers Kids Cafe, 17 Riverdale Avenue, Yonkers: 45 kids

Carver Center, Port Chester

Don Bosco Kids Cafe, 22 Don Bosco Place, Port Chester 100 kids

Trinity Place Commu8nity Center Kids Cafe, 335 South 4th Avenue, Mount Vernon: 30 kids

Yonkers Community Action Program, 164 Ashburton Avenue, Yorktown: 35 kids

Boys & Girls Club Kisco Kids Cafe, 351 Main Street, Mt. Kisco: 100 kids

Lois Bronz Kids Cafe, 30 Manhattan Avenue, White Plains: 35 kids

In 2009-210, these 8 Kids Cafes provided 110,196 meals and snacks to 908 children:

10,571 breakfasts

10,572 lunches

25,005 snacks

64,048 dinners

They also provided 136 kid-friendly nutrition-education classes reaching 2,346 kids.


To learn more about Kids Cafe contact Ferne Bordash, Manager Direct Service Programs at 914-923-1100, e mail ferne.bordash@foodbankforwestchester.org.

 

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