Our Response

The South End Children’s Café, thanks to the generosity and kindness of our community, has continued to serve food to children and families. Since we have been faced with the COVID – 19 pandemic, we have been serving meals to the children and families enrolled in the Children’s Café program as well as children and families throughout the city of Albany.

We are working to meet the needs of children and families, all while following the social distancing and safety guidelines set by our city, county, state and the CDC by:

  • Delivering food each week to hundreds of children and their family members.
  • Hosting an afternoon tutoring program with lunch and snack to children who are learning virtually. 
  • Hosting our after school program to small groups of children, with daily snack and dinner, exercise, enrichment, homework help and more. 
  • Hosting two outdoor cupboards available with food each day. 
  • Organizing Birthday Parades for the children who attend the Children’s Café, with cars decorated to celebrate the child’s special day and a fun car parade for the birthday child.
  • Working to help families in need of other items beside food, for example offering birthday boxes for children celebrating birthdays, helping families acquire needed items to help with academic achievement or household items like beds or personal care items.
  • Sharing resources offered by the excellent agencies and programs that are serving food and addressing other needs of our families during COVIDS-19.
  • Sharing food with our neighbors by working to keep our cupboards filled and responding to the walk up needs of community members by offering food, resources and helping to address other needs.
  • Coordinating virtual tutoring for the children.
  • And, changing with the changing times to meet the needs of children and families.

For more information please contact Tracie at 518.275.8890. Thank you! 

Thank you from the South End Children's Cafe


​​​NEWS: ​The South End Children's Café is providing to go meals to children and families. If you would like to donate to this effort, please visit our donate page or contact the Children's Cafe at 518.275/8890 for more information.

Visit our COVID-19 Response Page below. Thank you for your support! Please stay safe and healthy. 

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Albany, NY 12202, United States

South End Children's Cafe


25 Warren Street, Albany, New York 12202 

"How Can I Help?"  

We can not do this without help! 

If you would like to get involved, please consider the following opportunities:

  • Donate food to our outdoor food cupboards anytime! Contact free! Items we need include bread, tuna, pasta, pasta sauce, jelly, fresh and canned fruits and vegetables, macaroni and cheese, cereal, granola bars, personal care items especially feminine hygiene products and laundry detergent.
  • Donate funds to support our purchase of weekly food for our children and families. You may donated to the Cafe in these ways:
    • Donate to our Paypal HERE. 
    • Donate online HERE
    • Mail a check written to South End Children's Cafe at SECC, PO Box 10581, Albany, New York, 12201.

Love in Action 

Thank you so much for the many donors who have given so generously, enabling children and families to receive healthy food during this very difficult time. Many thanks to:

  • Our friends who have donated food, funds, gift cards, cards with well wishes to the children and families.
  • Friends who have coordinated food drives.
  • Volunteers who deliver each week to the families and who pick up donations for us  throughout the week.
  • Volunteers who help with the food drive and other tasks like breaking down boxes, keeping our parking lot and front area clean, washing dishes and working virtually to keep the South End Children's Cafe operating.
  • Our staff and volunteers who work diligently to continue our service and create a safe enviroment to work in.
  • Everyone who has donated masks for our community and our volunteers. 
  • Our Board of Directors who is always there for our team and works to fulfill our mission.
  • The many restaurants and agencies who have donated to the Cafe, including Il Faro, Bare Blends, Nicole's, Healthy Catering Cafe, Caffe Italia, Papa John's Pizza, Shogun, Madison's Pizza, Romo's, Dibellas Subs, Pellegrino's Imports, Ama Cocina, the Radix Center, Capital Roots, Delmar Farmers Market, Spinners, McCarrolls and FeedAlbany.
  • Our friends from SEFCU, the Radix Center and Capital Roots for fresh produce and the Regional Food Bank for the fresh produce and the chance to order food each week!

Thank you from deep in our hearts for everything you do for the South End Children's Cafe and for so many others! ​​