Kids Cafe is one of the nation's largest free meal service programs for low-income children. Founded in 1993 by Feeding America, ConAgra Foods became the program’s national sponsor six years later, and today there are over 1,500 Kids Cafe locations across the country.
Food Bank for the Heartland provides food for 22 Kids Cafes in Omaha, Bellevue, Carter Lake, Council Bluffs and South Sioux City. We serve more than 6,500 meals each week to children who are at-risk of being hungry.
The goal of the Kids Cafe program is to provide an evening meal to children in our community in partnership with organizations that offer a safe haven after school. Food Bank for the Heartland works with the following locations to provide Kids Cafe:
Lydia House at the Open Door Mission
Ruth K. Solomon Center for Girls
Completely Kids - Gomez-Heritage School
Completely Kids - Jehovah Shammah
Completely Kids - St. Marys
Eastern Nebraska Community Action Partnership (ENCAP)
Hope Center for Kids
Boys & Girls Club - Carter Lake
Salvation Army North Corps
South Omaha YMCA
Boys & Girls Club - Council Bluffs
St. Luke Teen Center
Kids Count Lake Point
Kids Count Living Hope
Kids Count Turning Point
YES Outreach Center - Omaha
St. Paul United Methodist Church in South Sioux City
For information on starting a Kids Cafe, please contact Lori Heesch
, Child Hunger Program Specialist, 402.905.4829.