WHY DOES STARFISH PACK EXIST?
Hundreds of children in BC go to school on Monday having had no little or no food over the weekend. The Starfish Pack movement was created in Abbotsford, BC, in response to this need. The movement has since spread to dozens of cities and towns in British Columbia. On its own, Starfish Pack is not an organization. It functions because organizations, like rotary clubs, community groups, and religious organizations, take on the movement and put its principles into practice.
It costs about $600 to sponsor a child for one year of this program, which provides a backpack each Friday throughout the school year filled with two breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners, and some healthy snacks.
WHAT IS STARFISH PACK SOUTH DELTA DOING FOR OUR COMMUNITY?
We completed our first year of Starfish Pack at the end of June 2019. Our goal was to start gradually and add schools to our program as we gained an understanding of how many schools we could sustain. We started with South Park Elementary School and expanded to five elementary schools to include Cliff Drive, Pebble Hill, Hawthorne, and Ladner Elementary. The number of packs delivered weekly grew from six on our first week to 23 by mid-January. We ended the 2019/2020 school year with 20 students in our program. This decrease in the number of packs means that some families are no longer in need of the program, which is a positive thing.
Our goal for the future of Starfish Pack South Delta is that we would eventually be able to serve any student in need in all of our 10 public elementary schools. Year One allowed us to reach students in five elementary schools, so we are halfway there.
HOW TO DONATE TO STARFISH PACK SOUTH DELTA
If you are interested in supporting Starfish Pack South Delta financially, we have opened a designated fund so that you can donate directly to Starfish Pack. You can give online via our online donation form from Canada Helps by clicking the button below.
If you would like to send a cheque made payable to SDBC, please send to:
South Delta Baptist Church
Attn: Finance Department
1988 56 Street
Delta, BC V4L 2B1
Donations must be designated as "Starfish Pack" in order to go towards these funds.
If you are interested in helping pack and deliver backpacks, please email Mary Grierson.
Thank you to our generous community sponsors
The Starfish Pack South Delta is supported by the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund and Delta Foundation.