A lunch program to help less fortunate kids bridge the gap between school years is wrapping up for the year after serving over 10,000 meals.
Salvation Army’s “PotashCorp Food on the Move” program served its last meals of the year Friday afternoon, providing sandwiches, cheese sticks, fresh fruit and more for children in public parks across Saskatoon.
“Kids really depend on feeding programs during the school year,” Salvation Army’s Heather Hedstrom said.
“With the two month summer gap, there was definitely a need that needed to be filled.”
The program has helped families who struggle to put food on the table, giving their children healthy meals they would have difficulty affording otherwise.
“One parent told me today it was literally a lifesaver,” Hedstrom said.
The annual program, started in 2010, is funded by PotashCorp as part of their community investment programs.
Staff bring the “Food on the Move” truck to 12 locations throughout the city every Monday through Friday during the summer, serving meals to children and anyone else in need.
School lunch programs start again when classes begin on Sept. 5.