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.
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.