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South End Children's Cafe


Albany, NY 12202, United States


Children enrolled in the South End Children's Cafe eat a healthy dinner, free of charge, served in a cafe setting. Dinners begins with a salad, followed by a healthy dinner prepared and served by a team of wonderful volunteers. The children talk, laugh and learn about healthy foods at the Cafe, and partnerships with local agencies and donations of food, time and talent make the delicious dinners at the South End Children's Cafe a success!  

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The mission of the South End Children's Cafe is to impact food insecurity, address food equality and food justice, enhance academic success and positively influence the physical and mental health of children living in the South End of Albany, New York by offering free, healthy dinner time meals along with academic enrichment, mentoring, exercise and participation in the arts Monday through Friday. 

 Serving FREE, healthy DINNERS ​along with An After School Programs For Children Grades k - 6


Daily dinners 

Homework help



Art classes


Family events

Community events


And more!


Volunteers are essential to the success of the South End Children's Cafe. The Capital Region and surrounding area is  rich in resources when it comes to volunteers. At the Cafe, volunteers are needed for tutoring, mentoring, preparing meals, serving dinner and helping with workshops and special events. Volunteers impact the lives of children and their futures and influence the way we approach food insecurity and hunger.


We are about serving, nurturing and growing a community. All the children and their families are "members" and play an active role in making the Cafe operate, succeed and grow. All members have a responsibility to participate in the Cafe, whether they are serving, cooking, cleaning, tutoring or helping in the office. Like cafes across the nation, the South End Children's Cafe is a place where community can gather and feed the body, spirit and the mind.