Kids Cafe Feeds the Mind, Body, and Soul
After School Program Expands to Feed More Hungry Children
October 30, 2012
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma announces its participation in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). All participants in attendance are served meals, at no extra charge to the parents. Recently, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Kids Cafe program welcomed four new afterschool sites that feed and mentor at-risk Oklahoma children. The after school and summer program serves approximately 1,000 children each week.
“The purpose of the program is to educate children to make healthy decisions about what they consume,” said Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. “In addition to education on healthy eating choices, the program provides students with healthy snacks and safe afterschool activities.”
One in four children in Oklahoma is at risk of going to bed hungry every night. Research shows that children living in food-insecure households have more difficulty concentrating in school than children in food-secure households. That is why Kids Cafe is so important to chronically hungry Oklahoma children.
“One young lady that regularly attends our program has been experiencing many poverty related issues at home recently, including lack of food,” said one Kids Cafe coordinator. “She was able to receive a full meal each day that she attended our program. Through Kids Cafe she did not have to worry about what she would eat each evening.”
Kids Cafe locations include:
- Urban Mission, located at 3737 N. Portland in Oklahoma City.
- Westminster Presbyterian SPARK,located at 620 N.W. 43rd Street in Oklahoma City.
- Memorial Park Boys and Girls Club, located at 3535 N. Western in Oklahoma City.
- Booker T. Washington Community Center, located at 800 S. 5th Street in Enid.
- Hardy's House Boys and Girls Club of Wilson, located at 532 Birch in Wilson.
- Lambuth United Methodist Church, located at Lambuth UMC 3823 S. Shields in Oklahoma City.
- Zoe Bible Church, located at 729 E. Maine Enid in Enid.
- HFV Wilson Community Center, located at 625 E. Main in Ardmore.
- Waukomis Christian Church, located at 201 S. Main in Waukomis.
- Fred Factory Gardens, located at 3901 Dunjee in Spencer.
- Evangelistic Baptist Church of Christ, located at 3129 N. Martin Luther King in Oklahoma City.
- Britton Christian Church, located at 922 N.W. 91st Street in Oklahoma City.
- Epworth United Methodist Church, located at 1901 N. Douglas in Oklahoma City.
- Quayle United Methodist Church, located at 5001 N. Everest in Oklahoma City.
- Divine Wisdom Worship Center, located at 8320 N.E. 10th in Midwest City.
- Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club of Canadian County, located at 201 S. Bickford in El Reno.
- Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club of Oklahoma City, located at 2808 S.E. 44th Loveworks, located at 1330 E. Lindsey St. in Norman.
- Jubilee Partners, located at 712 S.W. 5th Street in Oklahoma City.
- Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club of Ponca City, located at 711 S. 3rd Street in Ponca City.
- Mark Twain JETS, located at 2451 W. Main St. in Oklahoma City.
- Hardy's House Boys and Girls Club Tiger Unit, located at 511 Veterans Blvd. in Ardmore.
- May Avenue DREAM Afterschool program, located at 2940 S.W. 11th in Oklahoma City.
The first Kids Cafe program sponsored by the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma opened in 1994 at the Regional Food Bank's partner agency Urban Mission.
In accordance with federal law and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) policy, participating institutions are prohibited from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.
To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW,
Washington, DC, 20250-9410, or call toll-free 866.632.9992 (Voice). Individuals who are hearing-impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800.877.8339 or 800.845.6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
Established in 1980, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is the largest private hunger-relief organization in the state of Oklahoma. The majority of those served by the Regional Food Bank are children, seniors living on fixed incomes and working families working to make ends meet.
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is a private, 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that acts as a link through which the food industry and community may donate food and other goods. The products are then distributed to nearly 1,000 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. In fiscal year 2012, the Food Bank distributed 42.2 million pounds of food and product to help the charitable community effectively feed people in need. Since its inception in 1980, the Food Bank has distributed more than 458 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry.