Posted on Nov 01, 2018

Rotary volunteers are helping to distribute food from the Food Rescue Project to families at Craigflower Elementary School.  This is an ongoing project so we will be looking for a couple of volunteers each month. 

Please check the schedule below to see where out Club needs volunteers and contact our President if you would like to help.

The Ask

RC Victoria is asking for volunteers to assist with the Craigflower School Food Distribution project.  We have agreed to provide 2 people for the days shown for “Victoria” on the schedule below (typically once a month).   We would be delighted if you also volunteered for one of the other open dates.

In either case, please contact:

Kim McGowan
k_i_mcgowan@yahoo.ca
250 721 2735

What is required?

  • Show up at 2:30 pm at school office at:

Craigflower Elementary School 

2766 Admirals Road, Victoria, BC

  • Rain or shine, etc. – dress appropriately.

  • Set out food on two tables provided by the school.

  • Tidy up; finished by 3:30 pm

  • Contact:

Connor McCoy, Principal
Craigflower Elementary
250-384-8157

 

Schedule 2019

Club name
Date
Name
Contact
Harbourside
May-01
 
 
Victoria
May-08
Norma Friedmann
Phil Russell
 
Saanich
May-15
 
 
Oak Bay
May-22
 
 
 
May-29
Joan Peggs
Kim McGowan
 
 
Harbourside
Jun-05
 
 
Victoria
Jun-12
Marlene Oliver
Ken Walton
 
Saanich
Jun-19
 
 
Oak Bay
Jun-26
 
 
    
Harbourside
Jul-3
  
VictoriaJul-10  
SaanichJul-17  
Oak BayJul-24  
 Jul-31  
    
HarboursideAug-7  
VictoriaAug-14  
SaanichAug-21  
Oak BayAug-28  
    
HarboursideSep-4  
VictoriaSep-11  
SaanichSep-18  
Oak BaySep-25  
    
HarboursideOct-2  
VictoriaOct-9  
SaanichOct-16  
Oak BayOct-23  
 Oct-30  
    
HarboursideNov-6  
VictoriaNov-13  
SaanichNov-20  
Oak BayNov-27  
    
HarboursideDec-4  
VictoriaDec-11  
SaanichDec-18  
Oak BayDec-25  
    
    
HarboursideJan-1  
VictoriaJan-8  
SaanichJan-15  
Oak BayJan-22  
 Jan-29  
    
Harbourside   
Victoria   
Saanich   
Oak Bay   
    
 

Background

In an email to Joan Peggs in September 2018, Jim Sparling (RC Saanich) wrote, “I have had a chat with Connor McCoy, principal at Craigflower, about continuing food distribution during the year. Both of us feel the summer Tuesday effort was a proving ground that has demonstrated the need for food in the Craigflower community.”

“Connor has pursued the issue and can arrange for a delivery every Wednesday at noon [from the Food Rescue facility on Viewfield Road] and the plan would be to have 2 tables set up at 2:30 so that parents picking up students could also collect food.  Connor suggests that we would need 2 Rotarians to be present at 2:30 to put out the food and supervise distribution that would start at 2:45 and would probably last until 3:15. He thinks that volunteers would be finished by 3:30.”

“I’m enthusiastic to continue this project – there is a definite need and the Food Rescue program is a Rotary success. I don’t think my club can provide the manpower because most of the able bodies already are doing the breakfast program at Craigflower.  I think we should try to recruit Rotarians from other clubs. We probably need 6 or 8---perhaps 2 could take one day each month. What do you think? This is a hands-on community project that provides Rotarians the opportunity to meet and help our Native community.”

It also builds nicely on the work we did fundraising for the Food Rescue Project – the success of which was, in no small measure, the result of the efforts of our own Dan Parker, who offered congenial encouragement to overcome several blockages along the way.  I thought, therefore, that RC Victoria should not miss out on this opportunity to serve our community and have told Joan Peggs that we would participate.  

Kim McGowan
President 2018-2019