Thursday, November 13, 2014

2014 Gratitude Festival Day #13: Kids Cafe

Part of my new gig with YouthCity includes assisting with an incredible program called Kids Café. According to the Utah Food Bank website, Kid’s Café provides a hot nutritious meal to more than 1,700 low-income kiddos daily and these meals are provided each night for free at close to 35 schools and recreation centers. Agencies and organizations agree to host this program and organize volunteers to help serve these meals on a daily basis. There is nothing fancy about this food…but it's warm….it’s nutritious….it’s free….and it happens everyday rain or shine. Each night, one member of our team is assigned to help organize and distribute these meals. Then at 5:00 p.m. we stop our classes and activities and the kiddos enjoy some grub. Not just YouthCity kiddos but any child 0-18 years can eat for free...every night... and I love this program. Providing this program, with its scale and consistency, is no small task and I am both humbled and amazed by the impact it has on not just the hungry kiddos but on me…watching this happen on a daily basis is evidence that there is still good in the world....and that goodness comes in many forms. Grateful I get help out. Grateful for the generosity found within our community to help kids and families gain access to good food. Grateful for those who cook in mass, package in mass and then transport these meals throughout the Salt Lake Valley. Grateful to know these little deserving bodies have access to milk (always chocolate), some kind of fruit, some kind of veggie and some kind of main dish protein...for free...everyday.... And then on Fridays, our kiddos get a sack full of food to take home and enjoy over the weekend. Utah Food Bank for the win…and Taco night is the all time favorite…

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