Eatonville Boys & Girls Club’s Kids Cafe welcomed over 120 youngsters with a hot afterschool meal on its opening day. The club sits in the heart of historic Eatonville; the nation’s oldest established African-American township. It is a stone’s throw from Hungerford Elementary and draws more than 200 students from nearby elementary, middle, and high schools.
Joyce Davis, who prepared the meals, tell us that before Kids Cafe, children would receive small snacks consisting of bagels or cheese perhaps two or three times weekly, without regularity.
Second Harvest Food Bank, with the support of the Winter Park Health Foundation, has made it possible for these children to rely on a wholesome meal each and every day while school is in session. During the summer, Second Harvest will sponsor the club so that it may participate in the Summer Food Service Program which helps bridge the nutritional gap when children lack access to school cafeterias.
The club can now access a wide variety of food product from our main warehouse. Nutritional education will also be provided starting in early February. Since children’s diets are generally a function of what happens at home, our hope is that the children will influence their parents by recounting what they learn at the club. Menu tips, dietary guidelines and support will also be provided to the club’s cook.
We are extremely pleased with the first day’s turnout and expect a significant increase by week’s end.
Thanks to the Winter Park Health Foundation, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida, Deb Watson, Austin Long, Rod Bargaineer, and Joyce Davis for their enthusiasm and support as we worked closely to make this happen!
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Photos from opening day:
Childhood Hunger Manager