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Blount County Kid's Cafe
Blount County Kids Cafe
The program is housed in our kitchen facility in our Parkside Community Center and is operated by volunteers and our Boys/Girls Club Staff.  All food is provided by Second Harvest Food Bank and is comprised largely of prepared and perishable food including fresh products.  The nutritional balance of the meals served is monitored by Second Harvest staff.  The meals will be prepared by staff, volunteers, and sometimes children.  
The Kids Cafe is a national feeding program designed exclusively to provide meals to disadvantaged children in a safe, accessible, and convenient enviroment.  Targeting children who are considered "at risk" and who are under the age of 17, Kids Café seeks to feed children at risk of hunger, provide nutrition education to needy children, and educate the public about the perils of childhood hunger and potential solutions.
 "According to Nationís Restaurant, if Kids Café were a restaurant chain, it would be the 79th largest in the United States, ranked ahead of Steak Ďn Shake and Benniganís. "

There are many ways to get involved either through making a donation to Second Harvest towards Kids Cafe, or Volunteering to help serve meals or organize activities for the children.  
Kick off day for the Blount County Kids Cafe at Maryville Housing Authority was September 11th.  The program will run two days a week throughout the year during our after school program.  (Every Tuesday and Thursday at 5:00pm in the Parkside Community Center).  For more information on how to get involved, contact Max Williams.