Township fire fighters (left) Ben Crotenko

‘Starfish’ backpack program to continue in Aldergrove

The Starfish backpack program provides weekend food for hungry kids in Aldergrove.

There are children in Aldergrove who go to school hungry every day. For a variety of reasons, their parents can’t feed them properly. Knowing that hungry kids can’t learn, the schools offer breakfast and lunch programs to help these kids. But what about weekends?

The Starfish backpack program provides weekend food for hungry kids in Aldergrove. Launched for a trial period from April to June by the Aldergrove Rotary Club, 10 students in need from Parkside Elementary School and 10 from Shortreed Elementary have been going home Friday afternoons with backpacks full of nutritious and easy to prepare food for the weekend.

Thanks to a commitment by the Aldergrove Rotary Club and the ongoing support from the schools, volunteers and three Aldergrove grocery stores who provide the food at cost — Otter Co-op, Save-on Foods and Canada Safeway — the Starfish backpack program will be continued, and hopefully expanded, for the school year from this September to June 2016.

A total of $525 is the cost to provide one weekend backpack to one child every Friday for the whole school year. The goal of the Aldergrove Rotary Club is to provide backpacks to 40 or 50 children and to expand the program to include students from Betty Gilbert Middle School. For every donation of $525, one more child will not go hungry on weekends.

Please consider sponsoring one or more backpacks so more hungry kids in our community can be fed weekends for the September to June school year.

Sponsor a Starfish Pack in three ways:

To receive a tax receipt, donate online at: www.starfishpack.ca

Mail your cheque to program partner: Encompass Support Services Society: 20618 Eastleigh Crescent, Langley, B.C. V3A 4C4

If you don’t need a tax receipt, mail your cheque to the Aldergrove Rotary Club, P.O. Box 1602, Aldergrove, B.C. V4W 2V1

Be sure to specify “Starfish Program” on the cheque.

For more information on how the program works and to donate online, visit www.starfishpack.ca

Just Posted

Langley church prepares massive meal

A local chef and parishioners are taking charge in the kitchen for St. Joseph’s 25th annual dinner.

Giants ‘stuff’ Cougars

Vancouver blanks Cougars on Teddy Bear Toss night at Langley Events Centre

Star Wars auction in Langley draws ‘crazy’ response

Seller said to be “very happy” with results

Police sketch shows suspect in assault of 23-year-old woman

Incident took place Nov. 14 on Maclure Road in Abbotsford

An unpleasant surprise online for Langley anti-hate campaigner

Text from newspaper article about his efforts was used to link to suspect websites

VIDEO: Langley Christmas Bureau braces for busy toy distribution days

Volunteers spent the weekend sorting gifts donated for kids from Langley’s underprivileged families.

Family suspends search for missing Alberta couple, plane near Revelstoke

Due to bad weather, families of missing Albertan couple say they will resume in the spring

Canadian grocers make $3M per year from penny-rounding: UBC study

Ottawa announced plans in 2012 to phase out the copper coin

Sagmoen neighbours recall alleged hammer attack

Woman was screaming outside Maple Ridge townhouse in 2013

‘The Last Jedi’ opens with $220M, 2nd best weekend all-time

As anticipated, the movie fell shy of the opening weekend for J.J. Abrams’ 2015 franchise reboot

2 couples tie the knot in Australia’s 1st same-sex weddings

West Australian couple Anne Sedgwick, Lyn Hawkins have been together for 40 years

EDITORIAL: Putting #MeToo to work in your workplace

Workers from top to bottom need to stand together against the bully of sexual harassment

Update: RCMP arrest domestic assault suspect west of Kamloops.

The RCMP Emergency Response Team made the arrest at around 4:30 p.m.

Most Read