Starfish Backpack Program in Mission has now reached 18 backpacks at 3 local schools.
As of this week, Mission's Starfish Backpack program is delivering 18 backpacks in 3 local schools.  Two upcoming fund raisers by local Rotarians are expected to add to this count.
Each backpack contains enough food for 6 meals - 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 2 dinners. The food is provided at cost by Save On Foods. The backpacks were provided by the Rotary Club of Mission (Sunrise) and each backpack has been sponsored by members of the community. The backpacks go home every Friday to families where food security is an issue. Many eager volunteers have stepped up to pick up the groceries, to bring it to our packing station, and to put it into the backpacks which will be delivered to schools in Mission on Friday morning. It costs $525 to sponsor a backpack for a child for the entire school year. All donations of any amount for this program are gratefully received and contribute towards building another backpack and helping a local family. Donations over $25 will receive a tax receipt. Donations can be made through the website: or in person at Mission Community Services. If writing a cheque, please designate the funds to the Mission Starfish Pack Program. For more details on the Starfish program check it out at: And check out this letter from a local school who started the program last year.