Mission Proudly Feeds
“Mom, mom here is our weekend backpack! I wonder what’s in it!”
In 2016 our journey to Starfish Pack program began. Inspired by Bruce Beck and the Rotary Club of Abbotsford, the Rotary Club of Mission Sunrise saw Mission as a community that would benefit immensely with a Starfish Pack program.
Many families in our community try their best to provide food, clothing and shelter for their family. The struggle of balancing housing, insurance, medical coverage, health care, dental care, and a nutritious menu all on a minimum wage leaves many families still in need.
To that, an amazing team of donors and volunteers responded after the Starfish Pack was featured in the Mission City Record.
First, we formed a partnership with Mission Community Services in order to provide tax receipts for donors, then a partnership with Save-On Foods in Mission to provide the food at cost for the backpacks. Unitex was amazing by contributing to our program half of the cost of our initial order of wonderful blue backpacks with the cutest Starfish ever, embroidered on to them.
“The struggle of balancing housing, insurance, medical coverage, health care, dental care, and a nutritious menu all on a minimum wage, still leaves many families in need.“
From there blossomed our first backpack provider, Over The Top Catering, followed by Tyler Dental Artz, MM Industrial Wear, Veer Excavating, Taylor McPherson (realtor), I-Open, Cedarbrooke Chateau, all sponsoring full backpacks, and countless other donors and the list just keeps growing!
We praise Mission as our community, the Rotary Club of Mission and Mission Community Services for choosing the Starfish Pack program. Thank you Mission! Watch this site for stories from grateful families, children and school staff!
In 2020, we launched our first year of Summer Starfish
Letter From a Parent to Mission Starfish
“I am someone who greatly benefits from the Starfish Backpack program at my child’s elementary school in Mission. I will share some of my story so you may know the impact of the food program on my life. 1.5 years ago I took my 2 daughters, 4 suitcases and $200, and fled an unhealthy situation. I was a stay at home mom and had no job, so I went to a transition house to figure things out. In the last 18 months I have had my daughters full time. I have not been given so much as a $1 in child support and all my assets are gone as a result of my ex. I thankfully have found housecleaning work however my income barely pays my bills.
The food program has benefited my peace of mind and my family exponentially. Every week getting a bag of food my kids actually eat is such a help. It saves me so much money. Money that I can then use for other things my kids need like clothes or the dentist. Nothing is wasted! There is food I can put in my daughter’s lunch, my kids love the noodles and sauce. I throw the canned veg in all kinds of dishes. I really like the apples, bananas and oranges. Fresh food is expensive, for my house I spend more dollars on produce than actual meat.
At Easter and Christmas I was given gift cards which helped me so much with those bigger family dinners. It is hard on a lower income to budget for the extra cost of a turkey dinner. Over the summer I have really noticed the lack of the food program. I thought many times, I miss the food program.
The school is so good to me and my kids. I have gotten leftover milk on milk day and leftover produce from produce days which I. My life and my kid’s lives benefit greatly from the Starfish program. I am 100% thankful, thank you Starfish.”
“The food program has benefited my peace of mind and my family exponentially.”