Children's Programs

Kids Cafe

The Kids Cafe program is one of the nation’s largest meal service programs, conceived by Feeding America—the nation’s food bank. The program is a partnership with established afterschool and summer programs that provide safe places for children to meet role models and to participate in activities designed to enhance their educational, physical, and social development.

The Central Virginia Food Bank’s Kids Cafe Program has been in operation since December 1997, and sites are located in some of the most impoverished communities in the Richmond and Tri-Cities metro area. Funding for the existing Kids Cafe programs comes from several large corporate gifts, foundation funding, other private sources, as well as individual contributions. The program qualifies to receive USDA subsidized reimbursement by meeting dietary requirements of meals.

Children who are 18 or under and enrolled in a public or private school may receive meals or snacks through an approved afterschool program. Kids Cafe partners operate structured programs of mentoring, tutoring, cultural enrichment, and social activities. The Kids Cafe provides the nutrition component of these programs.

Our Community Kitchen prepares the nutritious and appealing meals, which are delivered to the sites (Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCAs, schools, churches, and others). In order to receive meals, a site must be located in a school zone whose free and reduced meal eligibility is greater than 50 percent. For information on specific locations or becoming a Kids Cafe site, please contact for more information.

Is your agency interested in participating in the Kids Cafe program?
Click here to access our Partner Agency Inquiry form. Use this form to let us know if your church, school, or 501c3 is interested in becoming a new Partner Agency, or if you are a current Partner Agency and would like to begin additional programs through the Food Bank.


  • 1. Peanut Butter
  • 2. Canned Tuna & Chicken
  • 3. Low Sodium Veggies
  • 4. Fruits Packed in Juice
  • 5. Spaghetti Sauce (No Glass)
  • 6. Canned or Dry Beans
  • 7. Hot & Cold Cereal
  • 8. Whole Grain Snacks


We have many children that benefit from the Kids Cafe program because of the economy. With Kids Cafe, our parents know that the program is helping provide for their kids and give them peace of mind. Many are very grateful for the program.

Kids Cafe program coordinator

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