Hunger in Austin

hungerCentral Texas 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 after school. Central Texas 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 Central Texas 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 Central Texas Food Bank Kids Cafe

Meals for Kids

Through this program, Meals on Wheels Central Texas 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), MOWCT anticipates serving more than 8,300 healthy snacks to more than 254 unduplicated kids.  In recent surveys of the kids administered by MOWCT 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 ARE MOVING! We will be celebrating our 20th annual Austin Empty Bowl Project at the brand new Central Texas Food Bank at 6500 Metropolis Drive, Austin 78744.

Preview Party Tickets

Join us for the Preview Party on Saturday, Nov. 19 from 6-9 pm at Central Texas Food Bank, 6500 Metropolis Drive

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