Posts Categorized: Kids

Weekend Bag: Filling Bellies…and Much More

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Article provided by Meleah Boyle, MD Kids Cafe /Weekend Bag Coordinator.  Because so many children in the Washington Metro area rely on the meals distributed at school as a critical part of their health and nutrition, they are often left at risk of hunger over the weekend.  The Weekend Bag Program is intended to fill… Read more »

Happy holidays for local youth

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The holidays – and the days away from school – bring a lot of excitement to children each year.  However, winter break also means that the children and teens who rely on school meals might not have enough food each day.  The Food For Kids team works hard to ensure that youth participating in our… Read more »

SNAP Outreach in Northern Virginia

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SNAP Outreach in NOVA By Amy Menzel Have you ever spoken to a group of people and felt like they had no idea what you were talking about?  This happened to me last week, as I went into a community area of Fairfax County in Northern Virginia.  I went to one of the many Capital… Read more »

Packing Food for Virginia Youth

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Kids Cafe® is kicking it up to high gear. The prolonged economic downturn means that more students are at risk of hunger.  You can help! Get involved in your local community by assisting in the distribution of non-perishable food to afterschool programs.  Kids Cafe is seeking volunteers for our Northern Virginia warehouse every Tuesday from 1… Read more »

Food, Culture, Justice & Opportunity For All

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The Community Food Security Coalition held their 14th Annual Conference in New Orleans and the theme of the conference was “Food, Culture, Justice, The Gumbo That Unites Us All.” Food, Culture, & Justice. What does it all mean?  In a nutshell it simply means there is enough food across our great country for everyone, however, because… Read more »

Packed Snacks and Garden Grub

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What fruits and vegetables taste good with peanut butter, yogurt and pizza?  What kinds of produce from the garden make good toppings for a burrito?  Ask one of the 8-12 year-olds who participated in this summer’s Farm Youth Initiative program and they could probably tell you! Through the FYI program, more than 150 children from… Read more »

Filling the Gap

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In the District of Columbia, nearly one in two children is at risk of hunger; and over 200,000 children under 18 in the Washington metro region struggle to get enough food to eat.  While children have access to food during the school year and at some afterschool programs, such as Kids Cafe®, what happens during… Read more »

Partnership with Waterpenny Farm Provides Fresh Local Produce to Kids

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Every week, a representative from Waterpenny Farm in Rappahannock County delivers CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) shares to the Capital Area Food Bank’s Lorton Branch. In addition to the shares community members receive, shares are donated to the food bank. These shares provide varied, locally grown produce that greatly subsidizes the fresh produce ordinarily available at… Read more »

Free summer meals for children

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It’s summertime, and children are out of school. As fun as summer break can be, it leaves many children who rely on school breakfast and lunch programs at greater risk of hunger. We need to get the word out about free meals available this summer. Many sites in our community are already running the Summer… Read more »

Mystery donor gives 362 pounds of food to NOVA Kids Cafe!

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Several days ago an anonymous donor brought 362 pounds – an entire cage full – of decorated snack bags for NOVA Kids Cafe sites! Each bag contained an assortment of goodies including water bottle, 100% juice box, fruit cup, nutri grain bar, and several other items.  We sent out 266 bags to 6 sites in… Read more »