Cowichan Valley Proudly Feeds


A Story In The Making….
In January 2016, Bruce Beck came and presented to our Cowichan community, including the 4 Rotary Clubs in our area, Duncan, Duncan Daybreak, Chemainus and South Cowichan, along with representatives from our shared School District 79, the local Food Bank and many other groups from Cowichan.

 

Cowichan Valley has been identified as the highest area of Child Poverty in the BC

 

With the Cowichan Valley being identified as the highest area of Child Poverty in the province we knew this was a program that we needed, and our local school district concurred and confirmed that they are approximately 180 kids in Cowichan that are going hungry.
Our group came together in September with a representative from each of the 4 Rotary Clubs above. We are working closely with the school district, Save-On-Foods is on board for the food, Solitaire Press is providing us with brochures, and Volunteer Cowichan has provided a weekly meeting space.
We are continuing to meeting with and present to local groups, looking for volunteers for our board, and for logistic’s positions for the food distribution. 

 

Our Co-President Corrine Thompson (fourth from left) and organizing committee member Mike Hanson (fifth from left) and the Trustees of School District 79

With the Cowichan Valley being identified as the highest area of Child Poverty in the province we knew this was a program that we needed, and our local school district concurred and confirmed that they are approximately 180 kids in Cowichan that are going hungry.

Our group came together in September with a representative from each of the 4 Rotary Clubs above. We are working closely with School District 79, Save-On-Foods is on board for the food, Solitaire Press is providing us with brochures, Social Media is Simple provides social media assistance, Volunteer Cowichan has provided a weekly meeting space, and Juice 89.7 FM has loaned us Kasi Johnson who has assisted greatly in our marketing and media outreach.

 

Discussions began with the Nourish Cowichan Society in early 2017.  They are a volunteer non-profit group who had just begun to provide nourishing breakfasts in one of the schools in the district.  Our objectives were so similar it made sense to collaborate to provide breakfasts and weekend food for the many kids in the Cowichan Valley who need full stomachs to learn and grow properly.

 

On Tuesday, June 27th, 2017 we announced our collaboration.  Starfish Cowichan Valley will operate as a program of Nourish Cowichan Society and we are now able, as an affiliate and partner of Nourish Cowichan Society to provide tax receipts for donors.  We will collaborate in fundraising efforts with our first focus to find an approved kitchen with storage facilities before the September school year begins so we are able to assist many more schools in the district.  Please read our press release below for all the details.  Together, we are much stronger.

 

$525 feeds one child all school year!

Please make Cheque payable to:
Nourish Cowichan Society – donations for the Starfish Cowichan Valley Group should have ‘Starfish Cowichan Valley’ noted in the notations line of the cheque.
Both Nourish Cowichan Society volunteers and Starfish Cowichan Valley volunteers are pleased to pick up donations or answer any questions:

For Nourish Cowichan Society

Please call either 250 709 2279 or 250 701 8066 or email: nourishcowichan@gmail.com

For Starfish Cowichan Valley

Please call 250 709 1903 or email starfishcowichanvalley@gmail.com

Facebook: Starfish Cowichan Valleyhttps://www.facebook.com/StarfishCowichanValley/

 

Nourish Cowichan Society is a registered Canadian charity

“Thank you Starfish community for supporting our students at the school where I teach. After school today, I saw a couple of my students grinning happily as they carried their food bags into their vehicles. It brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for caring for our students.” Teacher 

For more info please contact Corrine:

starfishcowichanvalley@gmail.com

Or call 250-709-1903

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