SCHOOL DISTRICT 82
Meals and so much more! Every week, Parkside Secondary staff prepare and deliver homemade meals, snacks, birthday cakes, cards and work packages to over 50 students and families. They do this with help from the Rotary Club of Terrace-Skeena Valley’s Starfish Pack Program and Terrace’s Save-On-Foods. What a wonderful way for the community to ensure the physical and emotional well-being of students!
SCHOOL DISTRICT 68
Delivering meals and hope in the Nanaimo-Ladysmith School District. More than 800 students a week are receiving school meal programs at home in the Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district. That’s 4,000 breakfasts, 4,000 lunches and 4,000 snacks a week!
SCHOOL DISTRICT 37
Delta School District is helping to ensure students continue to have access to food during COVID-19 by providing 125 families with food hampers each week. This is the fourth week that the district has provided food for local families. To date, 370 hampers have been distributed in North Delta and 125 hampers distributed in Ladner and Tsawwassen.
SCHOOL DISTRICT 33
Chilliwack community partners have joined forces to ensure that children are fed during COVID- 19. Weekly food hampers are prepared by the Chilliwack Salvation Army Food Bank with the support of volunteers and community partners including the Bowls of Hope Society, Starfish Backpack (Chilliwack Community Services), the United Way of the Lower Mainland, all Chilliwack Rotary Clubs and the Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce. Each week 350 hampers are delivered to 23 school sites.
SCHOOL DISTRICT 54
School District 54 administrators and staff have moved quickly to restore a meal program for its most vulnerable students. Twice a week, Tuesdays and Fridays, school district staff leave packages outside the school with students' names on them for pick-up. Plus, volunteers from the Smithers Fire Department deliver (once a month) larger packages to families who can't get to the school for pick up.
In Houston, Silverthorne Elementary staff have been assembling lunch packages. In regular times, as many as 70 students out of a school population of 175 students would have breakfast and lunch provided at the school. The program is open to all and its core foundation is that no one pays. In early April, the school was providing food packages to 25 families.
SCHOOL DISTRICT 79
The Cowichan Valley is coming together as a community to deliver approximately 200 meals to students and their families. The meal program is a partnership between Cowichan Valley School district, Shawnigan Lake school (independent), Nourish Cowichan, Rotary, and other community partners.
SCHOOL DISTRICT 48
Sea to Sky
The Sea to Sky district is delivering approximately 55 breakfasts, 150 lunches, and 150 nutritious snacks, daily to students. Support staff and Indigenous Support Workers also made direct contact by visiting with people in the community. The district has worked closely with local Community Services and First Nations to develop ways to source, prepare, and distribute the food and have partnered with local small businesses to help meet the food safe guidelines. In Squamish, Helping Hands, the District of Squamish, and the Food Bank are providing the food and making almost 100 lunches and snacks, daily, at the Squamish 55 Activity Center.
SCHOOL DISTRICT 23
Central Okanagan public schools are distributing almost 7,500 meals per week to students across the district. Families collect an entire week of breakfasts and lunches at once to minimize contact. Families with children at multiple schools can receive food for all their children at their local elementary school. Central Okanagan public schools gratefully acknowledge food providers from Brown Bag Lunch and Food for Thought who make the program possible.
SCHOOL DISTRICT 40
New Westminster school district staff are preparing lunches for students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Staff at New Westminster Secondary School (NWSS) have stepped in to prepare the lunches using the school kitchens, and education assistants are on hand to act as guides to allow safe entry into the school. About 100 kids in New Westminster are receiving these meals every day. The district is also working on ways to deliver food to families who may not be able to get to NWSS for pickup. Parents can log in ahead of time and choose their children’s offerings from a varied menu for the month ahead.
SCHOOL DISTRICT 61
The Greater Victoria School District is providing 10,000 meals a week to 1,000 students and families in greatest need. The pick-up school-lunch program is being offered at specific school sites throughout the district. The meals are provided through the Ministry of Education Community Link Funding, the Food Share Network and local restaurants, and with funding from the Victoria Foundation’s Rapid Relief Fund.
SCHOOL DISTRICT 38
Students who normally get breakfast and lunch at Richmond 244 students in 27 schools will be getting grocery deliveries at home instead, while in-class instruction is suspended. The food delivery program is a collaboration between the school board, the district’s Feed-U-Cate-38 Food Program, the Richmond Food Security Society, the Richmond Food Bank and businesses.
SCHOOL DISTRICT 34
The Abbotsford School District is making arrangements for meals being delivered to the homes of our vulnerable kids. More than 300 students getting meals delivered to their homes.
SCHOOL DISTRICT 72
As part of the food service program, staff did up Easter bags and included this as part of this week’s delivery. The school liaison officer also accompanied the delivery to houses to make sure that the Easter Bunny’s delivery arrived safely.
SCHOOL DISTRICT 39
Approximately 3,000 meals for vulnerable students who previously received school meals at no cost are being doled as packaged lunches by Vancouver School Board staff. Staff vary by site but include IOUE members (cafeteria workers) SSAs, supervision/lunch supervision aides, community schools teams coordinators, Indigenous Education Workers and administrators.
SCHOOL DISTRICT 75
Mission’s school district has collaborated with First Nations Health Authority to provide food for 75 families. District staff are working in connection with First Nations leadership and families to develop a student support plan, so that students have the support they need to keep learning from home while in-class lessons are suspended.
SCHOOL DISTRICT 68
The Nanaimo-Ladysmith School District is working with community partners and delivering meals to 650 families at 16 school locations each week. District support staff are delivering one weekly shipment of food to these families.
SCHOOL DISTRICT 36
Surrey School District’s newly adapted school-based meal program began when spring break was originally scheduled to end. All students who were previously receiving breakfast and lunch through the program will continue to receive meals at nine initial sites across the district.
SCHOOL DISTRICT 41
The Burnaby School District is providing more hot meals than before to students in need. Before in-class learning was suspended in March about 345 free meals were provided on school days at 14 local schools. Now there are about 470 meals a day at 11 distribution sites across the city to kids from 15 schools as more vulnerable families have been identified.
SCHOOL DISTRICT 36
The Surrey Schools student meal program received a financial boost with a donation of $30,000 from Breakfast Club of Canada (BCC) to support students during the pandemic. BCC joins other donors, including Vancouver Sun Children's Fund and the United Way of the Lower Mainland. The Surrey meal program is offered at 9 sites, with a combination of drive-through and in-person pick up.