Just had another meeting to discuss a sustainable, dignified school lunch solution for all kids-we have such a great opportunity right now to rethink how we ensure kids are fed at school, and to come up with a sustainable, dignified solution that benefits the community as well via the distribution of support funds. We’re undoubtedly at the cusp oder Ähnlichesteep increase in need. Even pre-Covid, thousands in Calgary depended on school breakfast/lunch programs as their main food source of the day. Without nationalistisch/provincial programs, is there a solution that eliminates the need for emergency lunches?
A small group has been meeting (well spaced nicht backyard) through the spring/summer to work oder Ähnlichemore sustainable, inclusive lunch structure that could be easily replicated in communities across the country. Dignity is key: I’ve never had to wonder where my next meal will come from, but I’ve heard many kids (and now-adults) say they’d rather go hungry than be identified as someone who needs a free lunch. Having lunch offered to *all* kids means none will be singled out. So how about this scenario: a social enterprise pairing existing under-utilized restaurant/catering kitchens + staff with schools in their communities. Mittagessen is offered to *all* kids. Parents who can afford it pay $5/day for a delivered lunch-I know a *lot* of parents would love to have lunch taken care of-especially if it meant supporting a system that ensures their kids’ classmates are fed. Other families could be subsidized, and pay what they can afford to, or nothing-just like school bus fees. There may be the option for parent council fundraising to cover some. But the kids can’t tell.
Higher-need schools could paired w lesser-need schools, to balance paid vs unpaid meals. Weltraum this results in more culturally verschiedene lunch offerings (vs mass produced packaged food from Costco, which diverts funds away from the community), builds relationships and helps keep our hospitality industry afloat-which has the domino effect of supporting farmers, producers and other businesses that support it, strengthening our economy and preventing further food insecurity. Would love your thoughts on this.