Co-founders of Weekend Fuelbag (L to R: Katrina Schulz Brady Lumsden and Emma Schulz). The program is expanding with the aid of new donors.

Weekend fuelbag program expands in Langley

Initiative launched by Langley students provides weekend food to those who need

Thanks to new sponsors, a program that feeds hungry kids will not have to close. Instead, it is expanding to more schools and more students in Langley.

Katrina Schulz, one of the co-founders of the “Weekend Fuelbag” program, said two major sponsors have come on board to adopt five more schools.

“We’d be potentially helping a total of 80 middle and high school students in Langley (up) from the current 16,” said Schulz, a Grade 12 student at R.E. Mountain Secondary School.

“It is amazing.”

One of the new sponsors, the Murrayville IGA ,is going to adopt three schools for the remainder of the school year.

The other is Brookswood alumni Graham Robins at A&A Customs Brokers, who is donating $800 a month to the program for Brookswood and HD Stafford schools.

Robins said he was impressed by the “giving” nature of the students who organized the program, and wanted to ensure it continues.

“I was actually kind of surprised that this was happening (students going hungry)” Robins said.

He is also supporting the program at HD Stafford because that is where his wife, Suzanne  Burgess Robins attended.

The new sponsors will allow the program to expand to cover as many as eight schools.

The program to help hungry students was the idea of Schulz and Brady Lumsden, a Grade 10 student at Walnut Grove Secondary School, with Emma Schulz, a Grade 8 student at Yorkson Middle School.

Weekend Fuelbag has been providing a bag of food each Friday to 16 middle and high school students at R.E. Mountain Secondary, Walnut Grove Secondary and Yorkson Creek Middle School.

Each bag came with two breakfasts, two lunches, drinks and snacks to tide the students over the weekend and were picked up confidentially at the school, usually in the guidance counsellor’s office.

Just a few weeks ago, it looked like the program might have to shut down.

In October, the main sponsor, Buy-Low Foods in Walnut Grove, was preparing to close.

When the students went public with their plight, offers of help began flooding in from businesses and charities.

Among them was the Buy-Low Foods in Brookswood, which was willing to help and interested in expanding the program.

To donate to the Weekend Fuelbag program, email weekendfuelbag@shaw.ca or visit their Twitter and Facebook pages.

Donations for Weekend Fuelbag can also be accepted online through Langley School District Foundation (www.langleyschooldistrictfoundation.com) but donors must put “For Weekend Fuelbag” in the comments section.

Tax receipts will be issued for donations over $25.