Red Nose Day to Benefit High Plains Food Bank Kids Cafe Program

High Plains Food Bank says it will benefit from Red Nose Day, with a $10,000 grant from the Red Nose Day Fund, which will be used to support children at risk of hunger through its Kids Cafe program.

Through the power of entertainment, Red Nose Day raises awareness and money to end child poverty, supporting programs that help to keep kids safe, healthy and educated. The grant for High Plains Food Bank is one of 200 that will be provided this year by the Red Nose Day Fund to Feeding America® member food banks.

The Kids Cafe program helps to alleviate child hunger by serving meals and snacks to food insecure children. Kids Cafes are located at a variety of existing community locations where children congregate, such as afterschool programs, Boys & Girls Clubs and faith-based organizations. In addition to providing healthy meals, all Kids Cafe programs offer a safe place where—under the supervision of trustworthy staff—a child can get involved in educational, recreational and social activities.

“Research shows that children who experience hunger face significant stress and challenges that can have a lasting effect on their physical, cognitive and behavioral development,” said Zack Wilson, Executive Director of High Plains Food Bank. “We are very grateful for the support we receive through Red Nose Day, which helps us alleviate hunger for many children. Our most recent data revealed that 1 in 4 children in our service area struggles from food insecurity.”

Since launching in the US in 2015, over $4.5 million of Red Nose Day funds have been allocated to Feeding America to support child hunger initiatives. Funds go to all partner organizations in the national Feeding America network, which spans every county in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

Kids Cafe summer meals, provided by High Plains Food Bank begin June 5. Sites are listed here:

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