The King’s Sodexo team is getting ready for another fun-filled summer of making lunches for at-risk children attending camps this summer. They are doing this as part of the Sodexo Foundation’s Feeding our Future program, which provides summer lunches to children who would otherwise go hungry. This summer, a major milestone will be reached: 1 million lunches served.
Here at King’s, Céline Beland, the Sodexo team, and a hardy band of volunteers will get together for two hours each Monday and Wednesday morning between 2 July and 22 August to make sandwiches, chop vegetables, and pack lunchboxes with fruit and granola bars. Last summer they made 7600 lunches, which were delivered to 11 different summer camps in the Halifax area.
Once again, volunteers are needed to make it all happen. Last year, teams of seven to 10 volunteers–often whole families of parents and children–met in the Sodexo kitchen to do their work. Age is no barrier. Last year’s youngest volunteer was "eight and three-quarters". Their assembly line efficiency is blended with a generous dollop of fun, too. "We have coffee breaks and games for the children," says Céline. "And we made bread and cupcakes with our volunteers at least once a week. People made friends here."
CBC Radio’s Pauline Dakin visited the Feeding Our Future team at King’s last summer. You can listen again to the program she created.
If you would like to volunteer this summer, please contact Céline Beland on 422.1271 ext 155.