Kids Cafe returns to Leak Street

Iris Hunter Richmond County Daily Journal

September 5, 2013

On Monday, Sept. 9, Kids Cafe, a free after-school program that operates at the Leak Street Cultural Center, will reopen.

Parents must register their kids prior to them attending the after-school program. All children from Kindergarten to ninth grade are welcome to register for the program, however sign-up is limited.

“In the past we have not taken more than 50,” said J. C.Watkins, program coordinator.

“The purpose of this program is to reduce obesity among children,” said Watkins.

Watkins stated that they will be promoting healthy activities, feeding the children healthy meals and bringing individuals from the health department as well as other resources to work with the children.

He also stated that children who are obese are going to have problems as they age and being in this program will educate them on how to live a healthier life.

“A lot of problems comes from obesity,” said Watkins. If a child is obese then they can end up with more medical costs as an adult, which will increase their medical costs, he said.

Watkins feels that this program will help to make a healthier society. He said the program is successful and popular because kids get help with their homework and have higher self-esteem, among other things.

You can register your child for this after-school program at the Leak Street Culture Center, at 1004 Leak St. in Rockingham between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

According to its website, Kids Cafe is an after-school program that offers tutoring, nutrition education, mentoring, and nutritious meals to children at risk of hunger.

The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina’s Kids Cafe program began in 1999 with five Kids Cafe sites. The program currently supports 26 Kids Cafe programs at 32 sites in 25 counties, serving approximately 1,692 children.

— Staff Writer Iris Hunter can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 18, or by email at