Starfish Pack Program supplies food over weekends to kids who would otherwise come to school on Monday hungry. 3000 school kids in Langley School District do not get breakfast, lunch or dinner on the weekend.
Our Social Justice Program helps fund this Starfish Pack Program. And our volunteers help make it happen. We have been collaborating with the Langley School District Foundation. Their slogan for this campaign is “Food for Thought”.
United Churches of Langley members along with community volunteers and teachers/students from Brookswood Secondary School sort, pack and deliver 46 back packs to six elementary schools each week when school is in session. When school is not in session (i.e. Summer, Christmas and Spring Break) gift certificates are provided.
It cost approximately $675 per year to feed a child every weekend. Our program us supported by United Churches of Langley Social Justice and Outreach Program and generous donation from the Shewan Foundation.
Each pack provides enough food for two breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners, fresh fruits and snacks for the weekend.
Quote from Gord Stewart – Langley School District Superintendent. “There are many reports that state starting the day with a healthy, well-balanced meal has a significant effect on academic success. The work done by the local Starfish group has been greatly appreciated by our staff, students and families."