According to the most recent BC Child Poverty Report Card, more than 5,000 children in the Nanaimo Regional District live in poverty — that’s more than one in five.
And with poverty comes lack of food security, with parents often being unable to afford the healthy food kids need to learn, grow and thrive. During the school year, school meal programs help fill the gap, but those cease during summer holidays. Our Summer Lunch Munch program steps in to provide more than 5,000 nutritious lunches to children in our community.
In 2019, our School Meals and Summer Lunch Munch programs helped facilitate:
- 15,435+ healthy lunches to children
- 550+ salad bar meals at community dinner events
- 1,000 visits to Foodshare providing interactive learning around food to summer day camp children
- 720 children aged 6-17, developed cooking skills during 76 cooking classes.