When children and parents escape the summer heat in Mayfair's A.H. Browne Park, a healthy snack awaits. The park is the latest addition to a program run by the Saskatoon and District Labour Council — bringing the total to six parks across the city's west side.
Now in its 25th year, the program keeps expanding as the need grows.
"It's just another indicator that, you know, it's not an economic boom for everyone," said council president Kelly Harrington. "There's a fair amount of our citizens that are living in poverty and making choices over food or shelter."
As part of the program, labour council staff and volunteers provide, on a daily basis, nut-butter sandwiches (made from chickpeas), fresh vegetables as well as fruit, juice and milk.
Shannon Fisher brings her two boys to Pleasant Hill Park on a regular basis. She says she is grateful for the extra food — and its quality.
"Like, it's not all junk food," Fisher said. "It's actual health food. And it helps the kids to learn about nutrition."
Over the course of an average summer the labour council says it provides up to 2,500 meals.
The other locations are parks in Pleasant Hill, Westmount, Optimist, Confederation and Meadow Green.