Feeding Our Future
“It is always powerful when likeminded partners come together to take action on an issue. Second Harvest is proud of its partnership with Sodexo’s Stop Hunger Foundation and the joint efforts literally ‘Feeding Our Future’ in Canada. Together, we understand that hunger never takes a vacation. That’s why this program is vital to communities across the country." - Debra Lawson, Executive Director, Second Harvest
Sodexo Foundation's Feeding Our Future initiative is Canada's largest free summer lunch program. Now in its 15th year, the program launched on July 4 this past summer in 9 cities across Canada and served 135,000 free lunches to at risk children attending summer camp. Second Harvest is the Toronto delivery agency for Feeding Our Future and this summer, we delivered 40,000 free lunches.
Second Harvest Executive Director Debra Lawson with campers from Seeds of Hope Camp, Toronto
It started in 2000 when inner-city families were not taking advantage of free summer camp programs for their children because they were unable to provide them with a lunch. Feeding Our Future met this need.
Every weekday during July and August, volunteers from Sodexo make hundreds of delicious nutritious lunches, which Second Harvest delivers to about a dozen community centres in Toronto, thus ensuring that children who get subsidized lunches during the school year will also be receiving at least one nutritious meal a day while attending summer camp.
The delivery of these lunches would not be possible without the generosity of the program's primary benefactor, the Geoffrey H. Wood Foundation, who since 2005, has provided Second Harvest with the funding to deliver about 100,000 Feeding Our Future lunches to kids in Toronto.
With your help, we were able to provide 40,000 lunches to feed 1,000 children in need this summer.