By 3 o’clock in the afternoon children’s bellies are usually growling, but dinner may still be hours away and for some children, there may not be any dinner at all. A healthy after-school snack is a perfect way to provide them with the nutrition and energy they need for the rest of the day. Bring in a little nutrition education during snack time and what you have is a great opportunity for learning, growth and lots of great questions!
How Kids Cafe® Runs
Currently, Kids Cafe® partners with 8 Tucson Park and Recreation KIDCO sites to provide Kids Cafe®. KIDCO is an after-school recreation program for children ages 5-12 and through this partnership the Kids Cafe® Program provides healthy, after-school snacks five days a week, throughout the school year, to each site and supports the Recreation Staff in teaching health and nutrition education lessons and activities each week.
The Kids Cafe© snack menu uses a four-week, rotational menu that meets and often exceeds USDA guidelines.
Facts about Kids Cafe®
- During the 2009-2010 school year, approximately 66,300 healthy snacks were provided.
- Currently there are 290 kids participating in Kid’s Club at 8 Tucson Park and Recreation sites.
- The program runs 38 weeks during the school year.
- Kids Cafe® kids are beginning to have opportunities to explore where our food comes from through lessons and field trips to the Community Food Bank.
For more information about Kids Cafe® please contact Anne Krepps Child Nutrition Programs Manager, at (520) 882-3285 or email@example.com.