Posted by Lynn Spence
Rotarians, family and friends share food and fellowship in order to provide food for kids in Surrey who might otherwise be hungry.
Over 125 Rotarians, family and friends shared fellowship, food and funds earlier this summer earning  $3,465, during  our 4th Annual Dine Around the Globe, featuring the cuisine of  3 North Surrey restaurants – Vlassis Souvlaki and Greek Taverna, Bubble 88 and Taste of Punjab in support of our Starfish Backpack Program. This program is a weekend food literacy and availability program created in response to teachers hearing the cry of their students. Too many children were coming to class Monday morning hungry, reporting they had not eaten over the weekend.
Rotary Clubs in Surrey, together with generous community partners and volunteers began in October 2016 delivering 10 backpacks each week during the school year to one Surrey elementary school. The program has grown and we are now delivering 60 weekly backpacks in 4 Surrey elementary schools. This is only “touching the tip of the iceberg” as health and education reports indicate that over 3000 children in our communities could benefit from such a program.
Starfish not only addresses food needs for children, but it is instrumental in creating a more equal opportunity for learning for children. Children who are not hungry are more open to learning and reaching their potential. Teachers have reported improvements in children’s reading and math skills, ability to focus and do cooperative work.
It costs Starfish $525 to supply a back pack for one child for an entire school year.
You can help:
  • By sponsoring a backpack or more than one
  • By volunteering in the delivery of the program – picking up food, packing backpacks, delivering backpacks to school
  • By providing space for packing and food storage
  • By donating food or discounting the cost for food for the backpacks
  • By making Starfish a recipient of your fundraising ideas