When children and youth in low income families have sufficient food to eat at home, they can focus better on their learning and social skills. That benefits not only them and their families, it benefits their teachers and their schools.
South Delta Baptist Church, in Tsawwassen, runs a Starfish Pack Program for that purpose. Delta Foundation has granted $17,000 in emergency funding to the Church so it can continue with this project to make sure that kids are fed over the weekend so that they come to school on Mondays ready to learn. The mission of Starfish Pack is to love kids by providing them with nourishment.
The funding for the grant comes from the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF), to support charities for vulnerable populations, hit hard during the COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn. The emergency community funding is administered across the country by Community Foundations of Canada on behalf of the Government of Canada, along with two other networks, United Way and Red Cross. This Round 2 of funding follows Round 1 of the ECSF campaign completed in July.
With COVID-19 many people lost their jobs. There have been even more families struggling to make ends meet and provide healthy food for their families and their kids. Starfish Pack is a program that is 100% free of charge for the families involved. It meets tangible needs that COVID-19 has brought out.
Save On Foods provides groceries for the Starfish Pack project at "food bank" prices. The Rotary Club of Tsawwassen helps us financially and with volunteer hours for packing the bags.