As the temperatures change, and we begin to get ready for the busy season ahead, we’re taking a moment to look back on what was accomplished during this year’s Summer Lunch Program.
This past summer’s program looked different than years previous. The Summer Lunch Program had an incredible food literacy component where kids at 16 camps across the city not only received a healthy meal, but also learned about what they’re eating, and how to prepare it!
Each week, the day camps received a box of fresh items and ingredients, as well as recipes for each day. The kids made their own lunches as part of their daily activities at camp and also received a fun food-related activity.
The feedback we received from participating programs was incredible! We’re thrilled to learn that the children enjoyed helping out with this daily process.
Summer Lunch Program by the numbers:
- Provided food for 500 children over the course of the seven week program
- Provided enough food for lunches and nutrition breaks for five days per week, which totals an amazing 17,500 lunches
- Total food cost: $41,495
Having lost a long-term supporter of the summer lunch program, this cost would have been near impossible to afford if it weren’t for Hydro Ottawa stepping up to help.
THANK YOU Hydro Ottawa for your support. Programs like the Summer Lunch Program are so crucial during the summertime. This program is how we reach children who would otherwise receive support during school breakfast/lunch program.
“The program is a huge asset to the children attending our camp and living in the surrounding low-income neighbourhood. Without this program, many of the children would not have lunch or snacks to eat throughout the day. It was great to see the interest the children showed in healthy food.”
Confederation Court Community House
“This program allowed our organization to provide our summer camp participants with lunches! It allowed our participants to actively take part in preparing their healthy lunches, and learn new life skills. I believe the kids really enjoyed the activities that taught them about the different ingredients we were using weekly. (Alot of the information stuck!!) I think many of our participants learned lunches do not need to be time consuming to make, and that healthy food tastes good to!”
Lowertown Community Resource Centre (Club 310)
“Best program to date for summer camp lunches!”
Foster Farm Family House
Happy children in our summer camps are learning and enjoying healthy lunches thanks to hydro Ottawa and @OttawaFoodBank
Banff Community Housevia Twitter
@OttawaFoodBank Summer Lunch Program has already begun and it is great that kids in our community have access to healthy food!
Rideau-Rockcliffe Resource Centrevia Twitter