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Community center in Dubuque offers more than just free dinners for kids

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

Hungry kids are lined up for seconds...eager to get their  hands on, and bite into a nutritious free meal. 

"(It's) really good food," said 14-year-old Demarrius Mays.

It's mentoring meal time at the Dubuque Dream Center, a non-profit outreach community center located in downtown Dubuque. 

They serve 95 boys and girls in 3rd through 8th grade a healthy dinner every week on Mondays and Thursdays. 

"Everybody gets it.  It's good, you won't be hungry throughout the whole day you're here," said Austin Stowers.

On the menu for tonight's dinner is chicken alfredo, corn and banana bread.

Leaders say providing a healthy meal is important for these kids success, but that's not the sole purpose of the dream center.

"Because we understand how important that is...if we're servicing them in  our activities  and our academic  center, that we feed them, we offer it...because we don't want them to have to go home," said Executive Director Robert Kimble.

The kids here walk away  with more than just a full stomach at the end of the day. 

"I think the center's main goal here...is to like help us become decent young men," said Mays.

The Dream Center currently has a wait list of about 100 more low-income children for their program. 

They're trying to raise funds to make their building handicapped accessible. 

To  help donate, or find out information about their annual banquet and silent auction on Oct. 22, visit: http://www.dubuquedreamcenter.com/

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