Kids Cafe

Bringing healthy and kid friendly foods to the afterschool and summer programs where kids live, learn and play.   

Young girl enjoys a fruit skewer at Kids Cafe How could it be that 485,000 kids in Washington state are counting on free and reduced lunch during the school year, but only 46,000 are getting this food in the summer? Out of school time shouldn’t be a hungry time for Western Washington’s children and Food Lifeline’s Kids Cafe is changing that, by bringing food to the after school programs where kids in need already live, learn and play.

Kids Cafes are located in high need communities, where more than half the students qualify for free and reduced lunches at school. Kids Cafe meals and snacks are specifically selected to appeal to kid’s notoriously picky palates and to meet their special nutritional guidelines. Imagine your community’s afterschool recreation program with plates full of string cheese, apple slices, sugar peas & pretzels. And to instill a lifetime love of healthy eating, each Kids Cafe site provides monthly nutritional education that is also fun for kids.

Food Lifeline is able to bring Kids Cafe to our communities because of our affiliation with Feeding America. Kids Cafe is possible through an agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and Simplified Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) which is administered by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction for Washington State.

Food Lifeline handles all of the federal paperwork required for Kids Cafe, in addition to providing training, specialized equipment and delivering meals that meet federal nutrition standards. That way the afterschool and summer meal providers can focus on what they do best - helping kids - while Food Lifeline handles the intricacies of reporting and food sourcing.  

Kids Cafe is made possible by contributions to Food Lifeline and major support from The Boeing Company, Regence BlueShield and the USDA.

Take Action

To find a summer meal site near you visit the Summer Meals resource finder site.

To learn more about Summer Meals: download the Summer Meals Tool kit

To learn more about afterschool meals:

Want to learn more about Kids Café and how your afterschool or summer program can become a Kids Cafe site?

Contact us at or call Stephanie Jamieson, Kids Cafe Coordinator at 206-432-3661.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, and disability. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY). To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll-free (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. 

Boeing Donates $1,000,000 to Kids Cafe

Boeing announced an unprecedented $1 million gift to Food Lifeline's Kids Cafe in August.

Kids Cafe Excels at Quality and Quantity

"Kids should never go without food and these meals make all the difference," Christi confided, while standing in a playground full of kids enjoying a meal from Kids Cafe.

Where Do Hungry Kids Go During the Summer?

The reduced-price and free lunches available to students during the school year ensure low-income kids get at least one good meal during the day. But what about summer vacation, when school is out and these meals go away?