Taking the kitchen on the road
Mobile Kids Cafés
Our community is continuously changing, and Mid-South Food Bank is evolving to meet the needs of some of our society's most vulnerable members - children facing hunger.
The child nutrition team opened the Food Bank’s first Kids Cafe in 2004 and grew the program housed in Boys & Girls Clubs and Girls, Inc. Twice a week children are served hot, nutritious meals and learned about healthy food. Over the past 17 years, many of those host sites have shut their doors due to economic hardships, leaving just one Kids Cafe open in 2021.
Child Nutrition Manager, Tasha McCraven, will not let shuttered doors stop the children she serves from getting the meals they desperately need.
“When things get difficult, it’s time to get creative because we can’t let our children go hungry,” says Tasha.
Taking inspiration from the Mobile Pantry distribution program, Tasha decided it was time to take the kitchen on the road and directly into children’s neighborhoods.
Partnering with local food truck owners, our Kids Cafes are now mobile. Mid-South Food Bank provides the food for a set menu prepared just for children, and the food truck owners meet our team in neighborhoods with high rates of child food insecurity.
If you own a food truck and would like to partner with Mid-South Food Bank, visit our website midsouthfoodbank.org/children.
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In This Issue
- Fighting Hunger In Arkansas
- Assistance For Seniors
- Expanding Access To Bare Needs
- Reaching Rural Communities
- Upcoming Food Bank Events
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