Hunger in Austin

hungerCapital Area Food Bank Kids Cafe

Kids Cafe, an official program of Feeding America, aims to alleviate child hunger in America by providing nutritious meals at times when other resources might not be available, such as afterschool. Capital Area Food Bank partners with organizations with existing after-school programs in safe, supervised settings where children can go to receive a free meal and get homework assistance, participate in physical activities and other educational or enrichment activities.

Kids Cafe is offered by food banks nationwide at more than 2,600 locations across the country. The Capital Area Food Bank operates 43 Kids Cafes in Central Texas, feeding an average of 700 Central Texas children each day. In the 2014-2015 school year, the program served more than 88,000 meals.

More information about the Capital Area Food Bank Kids Cafe

Meals for Kids

Through this program, Meals on Wheels and More provides nutritious, kid-friendly after-school snacks and nutrition education to children of low-income families.

The kids live in and attend after-school programs at public housing communities in Austin. Meals for Kids takes place at each of the after-school program sites.

The program sites are 

  • 3M Booker T. Washington Meals for Kids Program Site
  • Bouldin Oaks
  • Meadowbrook
  • Santa Rita Courts

Serving the oldest and the youngest, we are honored to maximize our kitchen’s capacity by serving not only the elderly homebound, but also hungry children in our community.

Meals for Kids provides healthy after-school snacks to children living in low-income housing, most of whom range in age from 6 to 12. This school year (2015-2016), MOWAM anticipates serving more than 8,300 healthy snacks to more than 254 unduplicated kids.  In recent surveys of the kids administered by MOWAM staff during the 2014-2015 school year: 35% reported going to bed hungry; 30% reported skipping meals. 100% of kids reported that eating fruits and vegetables makes them feel 6 to 12. In two recent surveys of the kids administered by MOWAM staff in the spring and fall of 2011: 44% reported going to bed hungry; 41% reported skipping meals.

More information about Meals for Kids


Empty Bowl Sponsors


We'll be returning to the Marchesa Hall for the 20th Annual Austin Empty Bowl Project!

Join us Sunday, November 20, 2016 at The Marchesa Hall & Theatre at The Linc.