Langley North Proudly Serves
Our partner, the Langley School District Foundation, is purchasing gift cards from participating grocery stores: Save-on-Foods, Super Store & affiliates and Otter Co-op. Principals are sending letters to parents of students who would normally be participating in the breakfast, lunch and Starfish backpack programs.
The parent will take this letter and personal identification to a participating store to receive a weekly gift card for food. This eliminates the need for personal contact in filling backpacks but requires continuous funding through these unprecedented times.
Usually, Langley Sunrise Rotary would be fundraising to support this program but that has been put on hold due to the pandemic. The only way this program can continue is with on-line contributions from all of you, our generous community supporters.
In 2017 the Langley Sunrise Rotary club recognized the need for students in the North Langley area to have nourishing food on weekends. Teachers noticed that children of families in need were less attentive and concentration levels were low on Mondays.
Students were able to participate in breakfast and lunch programs at their school but weekends left a void in their nutrition. The club decided we would join the many community organizations supporting Starfish Backpacks.
The food is delivered to a central school by Save-on-Foods. The packs are filled by volunteers (both students and parents) they are then delivered to schools on Friday for the students to take home to share with their families on the weekend. We have five different menus that are appropriate for children to prepare if there is not an adult at home.
We started by supporting three schools in Fort Langley and Walnut Grove with 12 backpacks and have grown to 20 packs at five schools in North Langley.
Children can’t learn when their tummies are empty that is why we’re supporting families in need. With your help, the future looks brighter for kids when they don’t have to worry about being hungry on the weekends.
North Langley Receives
Letter From a Parent
“I just wanted to take a moment to recognize the work that you put into providing these backpacks filled with food for families in need. I personally am very thankful to be a part of this program this year as there were some weeks that we truly needed the food.
It is so wonderful to have the support of our community during our times of need and I thank you for doing what you can to make it happen.”
It is so wonderful to have the support of our community
Approximately $600 feeds a child every weekend of the school year.
Please drop off donations to HomeLife Benchmark 6323 197th Street Langley attention Dan Bennett
For more information please contact:
May Barnard, Rotary Club of Langley Sunrise