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Closing the achievement gap through nutritious lunches and engaging food literacy programming
At summerlunch+ our vision is to close the achievement gap through nutritious lunches and engaging food literacy programming over the summer months. Through hands-on experiences growing, preparing and eating nutritious food, we teach children the value of a healthy meal, and how to integrate that knowledge at home.
Collaborative effort from community stakeholders is a core value and underpins the success of summerlunch+. As the summerlunch+ model evolved in 2016, not only did we serve almost 10,000 meals, but we also addressed issues of youth employment, food literacy, and food access by building connections to parents and families.
Our goal for the future is to feed more children and youth, and address the widening achievement gap, while also addressing issues of food security in our partner communities.
This is a phenomenal initiative. I have observed the difference in the children’s energy and overall health. I will not credit all of this to the food, but also the love that it was prepared with. A program like summerlunch+ should not be six weeks, but a lifestyle.
You [summerlunch+] brought something amazing to Thorncliffe Park.
So thrilled to have been a part of this! Great work!