Because hunger doesn't take the weekend off.
When students leave school for the weekend, the last thing they should have to worry about is how they are going to get their next meal. This is why the District 69 backpack program aims to create weekends that are worry-free for our community's kids!
District 69 backpack program provides easy-to-prepare food at times when other resources are not available.
The concept is simple: children at risk of weekend hunger receive a bag of food that is child-friendly, nutritious, non-perishable and easy to eat. Partnering with the Rotary Club of Qualicum Beach and our local schools, BackPacks are distributed every Friday so that children have meals for the weekend.
Each BackPack provides enough food that the children and family can easily assemble into six healthy meals. This helps ensure that children will have food over the weekend and return to school on Monday ready to learn.
Every day, children in our communities are going hungry. While schools in our district have some breakfast, lunch and snack programs that are actively addressing this crisis, the weekend remains a difficult time for many families.
That’s why we provide a backpack of food on Friday afternoon that is full of meals and snacks for the weekend, ensuring every child returns to school on Monday morning fed and ready to learn.
All children in our community can look forward to the weekend and focus on being a kid.