Posted by Navjit Sangha on Nov 13, 2016
Surrey-Newton Rotary Club
Annual Food Drive 2016-17
The Rotary Club of Surrey-Newton held their 4th Annual Food Drive in the parking lot of the Gurdhwara Sahib Dashmesh on Sunday, November 13, 2016 at 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
We collected food totaling 7 tons worth to approximately $41,508 that went towards the Surrey Food Bank. For the Starfish program $3,500-4,000 of food was collected. Through out the day $8,000 cash donation were also collected.
 
In total this successful food drive donations was approximately worth $52,000.00!!!


This Food Drive Supported the following projects:

The Surrey Food Bank distributes food to over 13,000 people per month through its network of local communities and receives no government funding. Over the last five years, the Surrey-Newton Rotary Club has been collecting and donating to the Surrey Food Bank.

Starfish Pack Backpack Program
The Starfish Pack Backpack Program provides food to children who otherwise would not have access to nutritious food over the weekend. This program was created in response to teachers that were heartbroken to hear their students were coming to class Monday morning hungry, reporting they had not eaten over the weekend. For example, in the Abbotsford School District, sadly 400 elementary school children were identified as not having meals over the weekend. This initiative now helps provide over 263 backpacks filled with food over the weekend for students in 22 different schools in Abbotsford. The Surrey-Newton Rotary Club believes in the importance of nutritious meals for children to help them function at school, therefore has started a year-long commitment to provide free food to low-income children in identified schools in Surrey. This project is in collaboration with other local Rotary Clubs in the Surrey area. The cost of one Starfish Backpack for the entire school year is approximately $600.

Adopt a School Program
The Surrey-Newton Rotary Club has also renewed its commitment to support a hot breakfast program in a Surrey school. The children come to this school in the mornings without a breakfast meal. This initiative will cost approximately $800 month and will provide breakfast to students in the identified school. The club members will be volunteering their time to distribute breakfast food every morning.