For more than two decades, Dare to Care has provided hot, nutritious meals to children through Kids Cafe held at partner sites such as YMCAs and Boys and Girls Clubs.
Children who participate are not only comforted and nourished be the meal, they are connected to local after-school programs where they receive academic, social, and emotional support. Staff and volunteers who work with participants report positive changes. These changes range from a stronger sense of responsibility and positive attitude, to improved behavior and increased participation in additional support services.
During the summer months, many Kids Cafes also provide breakfast and lunch for children. Visit the Summer Meals for Kids page for details.
Thanks to the generous support of the Novak Family Foundation and other dedicated partners, the new Community Kitchen, from which we prepare and deliver Kids Cafe meals, opened in June 2020! This vastly expanded, production kitchen allows our team to prepare healthy meals to deliver to Kids Cafes across the community. Now more than ever, this increased capacity and flexible space means we can adapt to meet the changing needs of our community. Learn more here.