Throughout the school year, the Food Bank manages our Kids Cafe program, which is an after-school program that offers tutoring, nutrition education, mentoring and nutritious meals to children at risk of hunger. Each Kids Cafe site is operated in partnership with a respected community agency to provide the attention and accountability needed to ensure quality programs for children.
Every year the Food Bank recognizes five of those agencies that go above and beyond the program requirements with our Kids Cafe Standards of Excellence Awards. The programs recognized this year received a monetary award of $1,000 (Best All-Around received $1,500) to reinvest in their exceptional programs. Read on to learn about the amazing things they are doing in their communities.
Parent Involvement Award: AventWest Children’s Mentoring
AventWest has fully embraced parental involvement by hosting monthly parent meetings that provide information about their child’s progress and about how to best work with them at home. They host special events to foster a sense of community and create a bond between the parents and the program. They have also created a lending library filled with free resources for parents.
Physical Activity Award: First Missionary Baptist Church of Warsaw
Nutrition Education Award: Scotland Neck Education and Recreation Foundation
Community-Based Award: Wilmington’s Residential Adolescent Achievement Place (WRAAP)
Best Overall Program: Heartworks 21st CCLC
Thanks so much to all of our dedicated Kids Cafe programs across our service area. Because of you, thousands of children have a safe place to play, learn, and eat after school. Thank y’all for your partnership!