Kids Cafe' Healthy Meals Program
The types of community disadvantage that our cities face can have a profound negative impact on its children in the areas of health, learning, and safety. Compounding this is a low-income, urban setting where fast food is cheap and readily available, with few grocery stores and restaurants offering healthy foods. 75% of our members live in a single-parent home and 72% receive free or reduced lunch in school. Many Hudson County families struggle to put food on the table, gain steady employment, or afford key essentials. As such, our Kids Cafe' Healthy Meals
program is one of the most essential components of these services provided to our members.
We provide nutritious meals to our youth each evening during the academic year, and breakfast, lunch and a snack during the summer months to ensure that no member who wishes to eat at the Club leaves hungry. Each day we serve meals to nearly 200 of our members totalling more than 52,000 meals served during the school year. Another 19,200 meals are served during the summer along with 11,200 snacks. In addition to meal service, we work to teach our members how to choose healthy foods when they are not at the Club and to make the connection between eating well and feeling well and healthy. We also aim to eliminate the anxiety that comes with never knowing where one’s next meal will come from. By removing this constant worry from the minds of our members, we can free them up to better apply their efforts in school and to be able to just be kids.