Sodexo and SMUS Help Feed Hungry Children This Summer

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St. Michaels University School and Sodexo, the food service organization that runs Brown Hall, have partnered up once again this summer to fill a hunger gap in Greater Victoria.

Between July and August, more than 8,000 lunches will be made and delivered to community centres and children’s care organizations so children and youth who would otherwise not have food at lunchtime don’t go hungry.

“Every single bit of this will be eaten. When you go and deliver the food and you see the people this is helping, it’s such a good feeling knowing that they won’t be hungry today,” says Paula Henchion, Head of Brown Hall.

There are amazing food programs that currently run in schools across Canada, providing meals to students who show up hungry every day. Unfortunately, most of those programs stop in the summer – but the need doesn’t end.

Feeding our Future is an initiative that Sodexo started 15 years ago in Canada. The free food program runs in dozens of cities across Canada and the United States, serving hundreds of thousands of meals to underprivileged children every summer.

Last year was the first time Sodexo and SMUS in Victoria took up the charge, and provided meals to 150 children and youth every day over four weeks in the summer. The Senior School’s Break the Cycle of Local Poverty service group headed up the initiative to identify where the greatest need was in the community.

This year, 270 meals daily will be made and delivered to children and youth. Sodexo provides all of the food for the lunches – fresh-made sandwiches, vegetables, fruit, juice, a sweet treat – and then teams made up of Sodexo and SMUS staff, as well as SMUS students, prepare, package and deliver the meals.

Sodexo is still looking for some helping hands to provide assistance with this summer’s Feeding Our Future project. Some of the two-hour lunch preparation shifts still need to be filled, but Henchion says what she really needs is delivery drivers who can drop off the meals to the specific community centres around Greater Victoria.

Anyone who is willing to help is asked to contact Paula Henchion at [email protected].

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Kyle Slavin
Kyle Slavin is the school's storyteller. Through words and photos, he shares with the community all the amazing things that happen on campus.

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