The South End Children’s Café is a program that serves children and families in the South End community in Albany, New York.
The mission of the South End Children’s Café is to impact food security, justice and equality, enhance academic success and influence the physical and mental health of children by offering free, healthy dinner time meals along with academic enrichment, tutoring, mentoring, exercise and participation in the arts during non-school hours. At the South End Children’s Café, all meals and services are free.
The lack of resources in the South End of Albany, the growing number of food insecure families in Albany and beyond, and the academic challenges faced by children has created the need for this unique community resource for the children by responding quickly to one of the most important needs: healthy and nutritious meals.
No child should be hungry. A child should not experience health challenges because they are not getting enough nutritional food to eat. A child should not be struggling in school because they are hungry. Everyone should have equal access to healthy food.
Since opening in November of 2015, the South End Children’s Café has served over 10,000 meals each year…but we can only do this with help and support.
Please join the South End Children’s Café in feeding children and families, nourishing the body and spirit and building community by the simple act of breaking bread. This is truly a community project, with children, youth, families, community members, restaurants and businesses coming together to impact food security. Cooking is love made visible!
Please join our community, help children and families, and see your love in action. Thank you for your support and kindness.