THE VANIER SOUP PROGRAM HAS A NEW NAME!
(And we need lots of helpers!)
The program is now being managed by SD71’s Indigenous Education and LUSH Valley and is now called the ‘Healthy Student Meal Program’. It consists of soup ingredients kits being delivered to 12 to 15 schools every Friday and Good Food Box Snack Packs delivered midweek. These programs will see about 800 students each week enjoy healthy and nutritious soup and even more kids enjoying healthy snacks. With the guidance of Indigenous Education Support workers, the students cook, and then share, the soup with fellow students. In doing so, they learn to cook and get to appreciate the goodness of healthy local food because we source as many local ingredients as possible.
It is anticipated that this program will start up the week of Oct. 30.
Miscellaneous Notes & Info:
- Warehouse/Sorting & Pick-up Location: Previously, this program operated out of Vanier High School. Now, it will be in our new Good Food Box Warehouse. A location will be announced asap.
- Roles, Times & Days-of-the-week: Please note that the schedule is tentative and some of the times and days-of-the-week many need to change.
- Compensation: For all driving/delivery roles, you would be using your own vehicle and be compensated for fuel (if you want). Your vehicle must be able to accommodate a few large Rubbermaid toes, bins or boxes. You should be able to lift and carry about 30-pounds.
Here are the various areas where we need helpers:
SHOPPERS: (Thursday mornings) You would be provided with a Superstore gift card and required to go to Superstore to pick up any soup kit ingredients that have not been ordered through local farmers by our Food Access Manager.
PICK-UP PRODUCE DRIVERS: (Wed. or Thurs. mornings) Drive to local farms and pick up fresh produce to deliver to the warehouse. Farms are usually in the Merville area.
SOUP KITS SORTING & PACKAGING: (Thurs. afternoon) Go to the warehouse and sort the soup ingredients into ‘kits’ for distribution to the school the next day.
SNACK PACKS SORTING & PACKAGING: (Tuesday morning or afternoon) Go to the warehouse to sort the snack ingredients (fresh fruits and veggies) into ‘kits’ for delivery on Wed. morning.
SOUP KITS DELIVERY DRIVERS: (Friday mornings) We create geographically sensible routes of 2 to 4 schools per driver and deliver the soup kits to 12 to 15 schools each week. Contactless drop-off at the schools. (We can’t enter the schools at this time.) There are usually two grocery bags of food per school.
SNACK PACKS DELIVERY DRIVERS: (Friday mornings) We create geographically sensible routes of 2 to 4 schools per driver for delivery of the snack packs to 12 to 15 schools each week. Contactless drop-off at the schools. (We can’t enter the schools at this time.) A couple of bags or boxes per school.
Want to know more about Soup Program? Click here to watch a video that was made last year. While the program has changed, you will better understand the impact it has on our schools and their students.
If you are interested in volunteering with us to support the Healthy Student Meal Program and are not currently registered as a volunteer with LUSH Valley, kindly complete the volunteer form on our website first and then you can sign up for the opportunities below.
If you are already registered (or newly registered) with us,
CLICK HERE TO SIGN-UP TO HELP WITH THE SOUP & SNACK PROGRAM!
Questions? Please contact Terri Perrin, Healthy Foods Program Manager ProgramManager@lushvalley.org or call 250-331-0152 Monday to Friday during regular business hours.