Kids Café 

The Need

Philadelphia is the 4th hungriest city in the nation. Studies have demonstrated that children from low income households are twice as likely to be obese than those from middle or high income homes. In Philadelphia, 50% of children 6-12 are obese or overweight, and over 22% of children in Philadelphia are food insecure.1 Philadelphia’s Department of Public Health deems the areas surrounding 14 of our 18 Clubs as “food deserts” due to its low-income and high inaccessibility to walkable fresh food.2 The combination of these factors result in a myriad of obstacles for youth, including health issues such as diabetes and heart disease, aggression, anxiety, passivity, and trouble concentrating.


Our Program

The Kids Café program targets low-income, at-risk, and food-insecure youth between the ages of 5 and 18 years old. The primary purpose of nutrition and food programs at our Clubs is to provide access to high quality, nutritious meals for our youth, many of whom are food insecure.

We currently operate full-service Kids Cafés at our Wissahickon, Wayne Avenue, and Northeast Frankford Clubs, serving over 300 meals daily to Club members and community youth. Our full-time Chefs prepare meals with fresh ingredients so that the food not only is nutritious, but also tastes good and has the homemade touch to make our kids feel welcome.


The Kids Café will become self-sustaining once initial investment is made; we can certify the program through the CACFP and SFSP program and receive reimbursements at a rate of $.91/snack, $3.31/dinner, and $2.03/breakfast, ensuring that the once initiated the program will remain continuously operational. Most importantly, this program will help us fulfill our mission by ensuring that our kids have all of their basic needs met and can fully participate in programs that help them learn and develop.

Favorite Meals


  • Chicken Fajita Flatbread with Roasted Corn Salsa and Grilled Asparagus
  • Hone-Dijon Salmon
  • Pierogis

Kids Cafe Supporters


Leo & Peggy Pierce Family Foundation
Louis N Cassett Foundation
The Wawa Foundation
WW Smith Charitable Trust

1The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia., “2013 Community Health Needs Assessment Summary & 2013-2016 Implementation Plan” 2018
Mallya, Giridhar “Walkable Access to Healthy Food in Philadelphia, 2010-2012” Philadelphias Department of Public Health, 2013, September 25, 2018