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Playground meals in summer 2021

Playground meals in summer

In summer 2021, Helsinki continues to offer warm meals free of charge to everyone under 16 years at its playgrounds. Meals are available every working day at noon, from 7 June to 10 August. The playground meal activities will start in 33 playgrounds throughout Helsinki after school ends for the summer.

See the map of open playgrounds (in Finnish)

You do not need to register for the free summer meals, but please do bring your own cutlery and water bottle. For hygienic reasons, food is served on disposable plates provided by the playground, the same as last year.

Playground meal menu in summer 2021 (in Finnish)

The playground meal menus have been compiled in cooperation with the Education Division using foods suitable for hot deliveries. We have also paid attention to customers’ feedback in the menu planning. This year, the menu includes more traditional everyday dishes and food suitable for vegetarians and vegans, based on customers’ wishes.

The weekly playground menus and detailed ingredient lists are available at:

Give feedback on the playground summer meals (in Finnish)

Focus on hygiene and safe meals

The summer meal catering of the playgrounds will continue to pay special attention to safe mealtimes.

Participants are asked to follow the playgrounds’ safety instructions, which are available at the gates or the information board in the yard. The staff of the playgrounds will provide you with instructions and guidance.

Please also read the detailed instructions on the Playground summer meal instructions page.

Summer meals for children for the past 79 years

The free meals offered at Helsinki playgrounds are a long-term tradition and a unique public service in the entire world and even the entirety of Finland. Public food distribution stared in 1942, in the middle of a war, when food shortage tormented most people in Helsinki. The City wanted to offer children at least one warm meal a day.
Today, these services respond to nutritional and social needs and make the everyday life of families easier. People in Helsinki enjoy 1,400 kilograms of playground meals every summer.

Snacks at schools’ afternoon activities

Playgrounds also offer snacks for children participating in the afternoon activities when schools are open. Persons with food allergies should always check the food’s suitability on the site.

You can find the snack menus of playgrounds on the Menus of schools and daycare centres page. 

The COVID-19 situation may cause changes and special arrangements in the playground activities and food services. The playgrounds provide more information about any changes.