CHILDREN’S FOOD DISTRIBUTION
Kids Café offers afternoon nutritious hot meals and snacks at various sites designated by the Housing Authority, churches and community centers, every week day throughout the school year. We prepare approximately 6,225 healthy, nutritious meals weekly in our commercial kitchen at our central warehouse and transport these meals to 13 locations in Muscogee County, GA and Russell County, AL.
Summer Café is an expanded Kids Café program and provides nutritious lunches for children in need to additional Kids Café locations. We average providing approximately 1,500 meals per day at 17 sites for ten weeks during the summer months, equaling 13,000 meals.
At both our Kids Café during the school year and our Summer Café Program, the library system provides an outreach program called “Rock Star Readers” at several of our Café locations. This program is facilitated by a library employee and encourages reading, storytelling and arts and crafts after the school day for the children attending the Kids Café programs. The local Library Book Mobile makes regular visits at these sites and offers a fun reading experience as well as hands-on computer opportunities.
Buddy Pack program serves children who live in food insecure homes and are likely to experience hunger and bridges the gap between the school week and the weekend, when free breakfasts and lunches are not available. Students are identified by the school to participate in this program, and the program is handled with discretion to protect the privacy of the student. Approximately 1,200 back packs are filled with nutritious child-friendly, ready-to-eat foods each week. Churches and organizations sponsor this outreach program.
Snack Program offers healthy afternoon snacks for children attending after school programs at churches, youth centers, day care programs and various special youth programs in the community.
We are proud to be a community partner of the United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley, and to provide services at significant cost savings to many United Way partners.
VIDEO: OPEN DOOR COMMUNITY HOUSE AND KIDS CAFE’