Kids Cafe is a free meal program for children ages 1-18 years. During the school year, a free dinner is available at 26 locations throughout Washoe County (most are in public schools). Kids Cafe meals are supported by USDA and Child and Adult Care Food Programs and are available to all children without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. Free nutritious meals are served to all children ages 1-18 years. Meals must be eaten on site.
While Kids Cafe meals are most often served in an after school program, children and teens do not need to be enrolled in that program or even attend that school to eat dinner. Serving times for the 2012-2013 school year have been extended to an hour in hopes that more siblings and children outside the afterschool program will take advantage of the free afternoon meal. Most sites serve dinner Monday through Friday with some variations to this schedule. Times vary by site. A full listing of sites and meal times can be found at www.fbnn.org.
Over 50% of the children in the neighborhoods served are eligible for free or reduced school lunches. Children do not need to be enrolled at the school or be a part of the particular after school program to eat in the Kids Cafe dinner program. Less than 10% of eligible children eat at the Kids Cafe and program organizers would like those numbers to increase.
Kids Cafe offers children an opportunity to receive nutritious meals so that they are ready to learn and thrive in school and in life. More than 44% of Washoe County School Children qualify for free or reduced lunch. Hungry children have more difficulty learning and concentrating in school and miss more days due to illness. Less than 10% of the children who are eligible take advantage of Kids Cafe after school meals.