Supporting the Feeding America food banks and their affiliates serving Iowa in their work to ensure that sufficient food is accessible to all.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Kids Cafe Program

Kids Cafe programs provide free meals and snacks to low-income children through a variety of community locations where children already congregate—such as Boys & Girls Clubs, churches or public schools. In addition to providing meals to kids, all Kids Cafe programs also offer a safe place, where under the supervision of trustworthy staff, a child can get involved in educational, recreational and social activities.

The program traces its origins to Savannah, Georgia in 1989, when two young brothers were discovered late one night in the kitchen of their housing project's community center. In response to this glaring example of child hunger, the Second Harvest Food Bank of Coastal Georgia started the first Kids Cafe. In 1993, Feeding America launched the national Kids Cafe program.

Get Involved
To get involved, check out the following Iowa food banks with Kids Cafe programs:

Northeast Iowa Food Bank
Waterloo, IA

Food Bank for the Heartland
Omaha, NE

River Bend Foodbank
Moline, IL

The Latest News

Some provisions included in the House Agriculture Committee’s Farm Bill, passed out of committee yesterday, give rise to concern for those who face hunger daily in Iowa.  SNAP, known in Iowa as the Food Assistance Program, is a first line of defense in fighting hunger.  The Iowa Food Bank Association cannot support any legislation that would...
  October 16, 2017By Pat Curtis An organization that fights hunger across the state has a new leader. The Iowa Food Bank Association used today’s opening of World Food Prize events in Des Moines to introduce a new executive director. Regenea Hurte says she faces a significant challenge. “We have about 10 percent of the population of Iowa that is...

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