School Meal and Snack Program
Friends in Need Food Bank Society
In September 2016, we geared up to provide the same service, setting a budget for the 2016/2017 School Year. Grants were obtained from Walmart’s Community Giving,
There is no reason for any of our youth to go hungry in our community.
Email Received From Christine Ahern, Youth Worker
MRSS Teen Parent Program
My new position next year with SD42 is with Safe and Caring Schools. I will be traveling around to assigned elementary and secondary schools. I may or may not need food but will let you know in September. I’m sure that I will still have orders for snack foods as it allows me to make connections with new students. It is a great way to break the ice to get them talking to me.
Thank you so much for filling food orders, organizing the food hampers and delivering them to the school. If it weren’t for this service, I would not be able to provide food to the students. Having food for them not only feeds those that are hungry, but students come by asking for food so that they have an opportunity to talk about what is bothering them. From there, we work on skill-building, problem-solving and then referral to other agencies if required.
It takes a community to raise a child, and you are an integral part of the school community.
I hope that you have a wonderful summer.
MRSS Teen Parent Program
May 17, 2019
Reconnex is an educational program for at-risk youth between the ages of 13 and 19 years old. We offer social/emotional support, 1:1 academic support, assessments and testing, academics from Grade 8 to 12, graduation programming and community support referrals.
The food provided to our program from the Friends in Need Program is vital to our ability to offer continued and consistent food items from September to June. In conjunction with two funding sources, Reconnex feeds between 40 and 50 students per week both in the morning and in the afternoon – offering snack baskets, a variety of drinks, access to cold food items in a classroom refrigerator and one lunch per week.
With our Nutrition Program, we are able to ensure that the students arriving for class have their needs met, including feeling full and comfortable and then being able to focus on academics.
Our students are at times street entrenched, experiencing addiction, mental health issues, family and community conflict, abuse and exploitation – it is imperative that Reconnex creates a safe space for the students, and the Friends in Need Food Bank Program is an integral part of the creation of that space.
This program is user-friendly, organized, accountable and enables programs to just order the food required to suit their program needs, which lowers food waste levels and increases efficiency.
Reconnex Alternate Program
May 13, 2019
Mr. T. Connor: Principal
21821 122 Avenue, Maple Ridge, B.C., V2X3X2
Tel: 604.240.9897 | Fax: 604.463.5197
May 30, 2019
To Whom It May Concern:
The food bank delivers food every Monday. This program, along with other funding I receive for food, provides the opportunity for students to come together. I offer snacks and lunch items on a daily basis, and on Friday, I cook a meal with students and enjoy a hot lunch with them.
Food and snacks allow students and staff to connect on a deeper level. It provides an opportunity to check in about students’ lives and to see what is going on outside of the school walls. Many youths come to school without food, and having the snacks available to all students lowers the stigma of getting a “hand out.”
The food bank also supports the cooking program through the Greg Moore Youth Centre. Every Thursday night, we cook together and share a meal. This is teaching youth cooking skills, meal prep and food budgeting.
Thank you for all your support.
Youth Worker at SRT
Starfish Backpack Program
The program is organized by the Meadow Ridge Rotary and Friends in Need Food Bank Society, as well as dedicated volunteers. Our team works with local schools to provide identified children who need a bit of extra nourishment to get them through the weekends.
The children, who have been identified by our partner schools and whose parents were contacted for permission, receive a Starfish backpack on Friday afternoon after school. This backpack contains two breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners, snacks and two pieces of fresh fruit to get the child through the weekend. During the week, our volunteers and partners work feverishly to organize a variety of menus, fill up the next backpacks and have them ready to go out to the partner schools the following week again.
There are two ways currently available for community members to help. First, click on the donate button below and donate to the program. All proceeds go straight to the program. As we are all run by volunteers, the facilities needed and packs are all donated. There are no overhead or administration fees. That means every cent donated goes straight to the children.
To find out more about donating to the Starfish Backpack Program or to find out how to get your school signed up with us, please contact Ineke Boekhorst.