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Vantaa Municipality offers free park lunch for children

This summertime good practice will cost around 25,000 euros

  • June 21, 2019 09:30
  • Author Monika Dimitrova
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Summer has already arrived even in Finland and even in Vantaa Municipality. Here in the city parks, you can see groups of children waiting patiently for their turn to be served, holding bowls and plates brought from home. Vantaa Municipality restarted the good practice pilot for a free lunch this summer, for children under the age of sixteen years. The city is testing the social initiatives at Havukoski in the east of the municipality and Martinlaakso in the west.

Finnish kids normally get a free lunch at school but during the long summer holidays, this opportunity suddenly disappears. The municipality however, is more than eager to help the parents are still hard at work. The menu includes a soup, stew or casserole and is served after some kind of group game or song. For many families, it’s one more reason to spend the day in the park during the brief summer in Finland. The children also eat better when they are playing outside, and the lunch is free.

The municipality's representatives have been serving more than 200 free lunches in Vantaa every day since school ended, 120-150 in Martinlaakso and 60-100 in Havukoski. It is estimated that the cost for the entire duration of the practice will be around 25,000 euros, according to the municipality.


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