KANSAS CITY, Mo. — On Wednesday, Ted’s Café Escondido donated 600 meals to Kansas City, Kansas Public School students in need.
“Without the community, Ted's Cafe Escondido wouldn't be here, and we want to make sure we play our part in giving back to those communities,” General Manager for Ted’s Café Escondido-Shoal Creek Joshua Long said. “There's no amount of time no matter how small or how large to be able to set aside to be able to do something like this.”
Jessica Smith with KCKPS MckInney-Vento Homeless Program said this donation means a lot to her students.
“They come for the education but lunch is a huge part of it, so this makes a big difference. Some of them may not have lunch today, but today they get to have it,” Smith said.
Meals were handed out to students at three KCKPL locations:
- The Main Library - 625 Minnesota Ave
- South Branch Library - 3104 Strong Ave
- West Wyandotte Library - 1737 N 82nd St
More than 80 percent of KCKPS students qualify for the free and reduced meal benefits program.
“Some of them go to school and their main source, the breakfast that's provided and the lunch that's provided, so this just might be the main source of their food for today,” Smith said. “Not having that during the winter break can be huge so we appreciate any organization that can donate this to our babies.”
Meals that were left over were handed out to residents at Silver City Apartments in KCK, a nearby addiction rehabilitation center, and Project Eagle.