Kids Café Opening at Shawnee Community Center

November 10, 2015 - 3:45pm

Thomas McAdam

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A partnership between Dare To Care and Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation that has provided 125,000 meals to youths across Louisville is expanding to an 11th location.

Starting Nov. 16, meals will be provided to youths ages 18 and younger at the Shawnee Arts and Cultural Center, 607 S. 37th Street, from 5-6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.

The partnership between Metro Parks and Dare To Care began last year, when the Kids Café was offered through six community centers. Two more – at Beechmont and South Louisville - were added in September, and the new location at Shawnee is the latest site.

In addition to providing a hot, nutritious meal to young people in a safe environment, the community centers offer each child the opportunity to participate in academic and extracurricular activities.

The meals are provided at no cost to kids, and no proof of income is required.

“Providing a safe place for young people in the communities we serve to have a healthy meal is important. It’s equally important to provide them with a place to study or play a game of basketball after school,” Assistant Director of Recreation Ben Johnson said. “Programs like Kids Café can be successful in helping kids get on the right path to be successful later in life.”

For more information about Metro Parks Kids Café sites, visit or see below.


Baxter Community Center

1125 Cedar Street, 40203


Serving: Monday-Thursday, 4:30-5:30 p.m.


Beechmont Community Center

205 W. Wellington Avenue, 40214


Serving: Monday-Thursday, 5-5:30 p.m.


California Community Center

1600 W. St. Catherine Street, 40210


Serving: Monday-Thursday, 5-6 p.m.


Newburg Community Center

4810 Exeter Avenue, 40218


Serving: Monday-Friday 4:30-5:30


Parkhill Community Center

1703 S. 13th St., 40210


Serving: Monday-Friday 5-6 p.m.


Portland Community Center

640 N. 27th Street, 40212


Serving: Monday-Friday 5-6 p.m.


Shawnee Arts and Cultural Center

607 S. 37th Street, 40211


Serving: Monday-Thursday 5-6 p.m.

*Starting Nov. 16


Shelby Park Community Center

600 E. Oak Street, 40203


Serving: Monday-Friday 5-6 p.m.


South Louisville Community Center

2911 Taylor Blvd., 40208


Serving: Monday-Friday 4:30-5:30 p.m.


Southwick Community Center

3621 Southern Avenue, 40211


Serving: Monday-Friday 4:30-5:30 p.m.


Sun Valley Community Center

6505 Bethany Lane, 40272


Serving: Tuesday-Thursday 5-6 p.m.


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