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As part of its Childhood Hunger Initiative and to help alleviate summer childhood hunger, Harvesters—The Community Food Network is offering its summer feeding program – Kids Cafe – at more than 50 sites this summer.
Working with the USDA and the States of Kansas and Missouri, Harvesters’ Kids Cafe offers free summer meals. The summer theme, Meet and Eat, welcomes all children and teens ages 18 and younger to come and meet up with their friends and enjoy a healthy meal. Many sites provide activities as well. Working with community partners, Harvesters serves meals at schools, libraries, parks, pools, community centers and churches throughout its 26-county service area.
All summer sites accept walk-ins and do not require pre-registration. Many sites will offer meals between June 1 and mid-August. A full list of Kids Cafe sites can be found on Harvesters’ website at https://www.harvesters.org/Get-Help.
"More than 341,000 people turn to Harvesters for emergency food assistance, and nearly 20 percent of them are children,” said Valerie Nicolson-Watson, president and chief executive officer of Harvesters. “Through our childhood hunger programs like Kids Cafe, we are reaching out specifically to those children in need in our community. Kids should not have to worry about where their next meal is coming from.”
Kids Cafe utilizes the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). CACFP and SFSP are federally funded programs through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and are administered by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Bureau of Community Food and Nutrition Assistance in Missouri and the Kansas Department of Education, Child Nutrition and Wellness in Kansas.
To find additional summer feeding sites, please visit the Kansas State Department of Education, Child Nutrition & Wellness at www.kn-eat.org, or the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services at http://health.mo.gov/living/wellness/nutrition/foodprograms/sfsp/index.php.