Kids Cafe

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

In Washington State, 1 in 5 children struggles with hunger - that's 23% of Washington's youth! Roughly 472,000 kids are counting on free and reduced lunch during the school year, but what happens when the school day ends? After school time shouldn’t be a hungry time for Western Washington’s children. 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 healthy options including tuna salad, low-sugar cereals, string cheese, apples, and pretzels.

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 Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) which are 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 and the USDA.

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

Contact us at or call Alexis Izor, Kids Cafe Coordinator at 206-432-3661.

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