Finland’s capital city of Helsinki is celebrating its 75th summer of serving hot free meals to their young residents at public playgrounds.
The city’s 71 public parks and playgrounds have consistently served nutritious meals to kids ages 1 to 16.
Thanks to the funding from the Helsinki Social Services Department, hot meals and drinks have been distributed to the children every summer weekday at noon since 1942.
Since most of the kids have parents who are at work during the day, the parks and playgrounds provide a valuable space for them to play.
Additionally, volunteers, mothers, and works supervise the children with games, activities, singing, and dancing, which creates a tangible community spirit amongst the youngsters.
The city just celebrated the 75th anniversary yesterday with rainbow trout soup with rye bread.
Helsinki will continue serving free summertime meals until August.
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