Starfish Pack Program Helps feed Hungry Kids in Aldergrove
In the Spring of 2015, The Aldergrove Rotary Club launched the Starfish Pack Program to help feed hungry children on weekends. Starting April 10th and running every Friday until the end of school in June, selected Aldergrove students from Parkside and Shortreed Elementary Schools took home a Starfish Pack full of weekend food.
The concept was brought to British Columbia two years ago by the Abbotsford Rotary Club who named it The Starfish Program after the well-known Parable of the Starfish, which illustrates the importance of helping even just one life in need.
Recognizing that this was an excellent way to help needy families in Aldergrove too, the Rotary Club of Aldergrove explored the feasibility of starting a similar program here.
In four short months, participating schools, local grocery stores, volunteers, support groups and community leaders came together to organize Aldergrove’s first Starfish Pack Program. From April to June, 2015, following Spring Break, a total of 20 hungry kids from Parkside and Shortreed Elementary Schools (ten from each school) were given backpacks full of weekend food every Friday afternoon.
Funding for the spring semester trial period was generously donated by local individuals and companies and the Rotary Club of Aldergrove.
Thanks to generous donations from local Aldergrove businesses and concerned individuals, we were able to expand the Starfish Program in Aldergrove for the 2015/2016 school year. Now 20 hungry kids from Shortreed and Parkside Elementary Schools are taking home food for the weekends, and 10 students from Betty Gilbert are taking home a backpack too. On behalf of these hungry kids in Aldergrove, and their families, thank you for your life-giving support.
How Can You Help? You can help keep the Program going next year.
The cost of providing the weekend backpack to one child for a school year is $525 – Please consider sponsoring one or more backpacks and more hungry kids will be fed weekends for the September to June school year.