1. What is Kids Cafe?
Kids Cafe is a service of the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) that provides nutritious Supper meals to students in after-school programs. The children enjoy well-balanced meals that include a variety of vegetables, fruits, meats, whole grains and milk daily, which follow USDA guidelines.
2. What are the program benefits for my site?
Nutritious hot and cold Supper meals delivered daily to your site, ready to be served Monday-Friday, programming available, a monthly rotating menu, Nutrition Education training and opportunities, Cooks's salary, grant opportunities, Summer Feeding opportunities, including Summer Backpacks, and Fresh Produce Program training resources.
3. What are the administrative responsibilities of the site?
Since Kids Cafe is a government reimbursable program each site is responsible for maintaining documentation of the meal program. Paperwork is submitted on a weekly basis and will take 1-2 hours a week to maintain.
4. How is this program funded?
The North Texas Food Bank partners with the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) as a Sponsor of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). For every complete meal served the NTFB receives reimbursement from the TDA who is the main program funding source. While the reimbursement offsets the cost it does not cover the complete expense of the program.
5. What Summer feeding services do you offer?
At the North Texas Food Bank we know that summer is the hungriest time of year for kids since they are not in the school food program. The NTFB is a Sponsor of the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) through the TDA. We offer a lunch meal and afternoon snack to our sites as well as weekend backpacks and fresh produce weekly.
6. How do I get Kids Cafe at my site?
Program must have the following in place to qualify for Kids Cafe: must serve the ‘at-risk’ youth population in the Dallas or Collin County area, site operates near a school with 50% or higher free/reduce lunch rate, not currently in a contract with another CACFP sponsoring agency, current childcare licensing or exemption letter, current health inspection, quarterly pest control and at least 2 persons on staff for the program. Strongly recommend having a Food Manager and Food Handler on-site during meal service time.
7. How do I apply to be a Kids Cafe?
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on becoming a Kids Cafe site.