This program originated in 1988 when two teachers realized that although children had access to lunch programs during the school year, they did not have access to this critical service during the summer months. The program aims to provide healthy lunches to children who might otherwise go hungry. SDLC summer staffers coordinate, prepare, deliver, and serve lunches 7 days a week during July and August to eight neighbourhood parks. In addition to providing lunch, the program offers friendship, leadership, and stability as children and community members look forward to seeing familiar faces every day. This program is sustained by the donations of unions, both affiliated and non-affiliated with the SDLC.
Members of the SEIU-West Executive Board were able to offer some additional support by sponsoring an Ice Cream Day! The frozen treats were a welcome addition on a hot summer day! Community support, solidarity, and ice cream - what a winning combination!