Kids can’t learn on an empty stomach.
When kids started stopping by a community center in Eustis to ask if there was any food or leftover snacks, the staff knew they needed to find a solution.
Through a partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank, kid-friendly meals are available after school and during summer break. Kids like Zach know they can rely on a safe, welcoming place and food to fuel their day.
“After school, I’m usually pretty hungry,” says Zach. He and his friends noticed a Kids Café sign outside their neighborhood community center on their walk home from school. Now they stop by regularly.
“I like that the food is free,” he explains. “I can come by, eat with my friends, play basketball and do homework. I like all the food, especially when we have bananas for snack.”
Because of you, kids have access to the healthy, nutritious food they need to learn, grow, and thrive.
Fighting Childhood Hunger
Rumbly tummies and headaches make it hard to concentrate on math lessons.
One in five Central Florida kids is at risk of going to bed hungry tonight. Hunger can impact their success today and derail their long-term growth and potential.
Through a variety of programs, Second Harvest Food Bank is helping close the hunger gap for our most vulnerable population. Kids Cafés, Kids Packs, Summer Food Service, and the School Partnerships Program meet kids where they are to provide them with healthy, nutritious food.
Food is more than a meal.
Download our brochure to learn how your support helps Second Harvest Food Bank feed inspiration, change, achievement, health — and families facing hunger.
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