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By meeting both food security and higher-education needs, this new program will allow students to earn both school and potentially trades (ITA) credits for food classes where they prepare meals for the entire school.
The students will prepare a free lunch every day for all students. As a majority of our students face some degree of food insecurity, this program will support many students in identifying school as a safe and supportive place.
Each day, a food-industry certified staff member will prepare breakfast and set up the kitchens.
The mid-morning foods class will devise and under the direction of the teacher and the certified cook, prepare a healthy lunch every day as their assessed activity.
The biggest barrier to this program is the cost of food; a grant to access food will therefore support food security and enhanced training for at-risk students.
In the fall of 2011, the school year had barely begun at Admiral Seymour elementary when teacher Carrie Gelson, frustrated after a difficult day at work, wrote an impassioned open letter to Vancouver residents asking whether anyone cared that her inner-city students were coming to school cold, hungry and with holes in their shoes. And then something wonderful happened. On the day that The Vancouver Sun published her letter, Gelson arrived at the East Vancouver school to discover that, “People had already dropped off thousands of dollars in cash . . . they literally drove into work that morning bringing donations.”
Clearly, Gelson had revealed a pressing need in our communities and, in keeping with our paper’s long-vested philanthropic commitments, we not only told her story from a journalistic perspective, but asked our readers — through our Vancouver Sun Children’s Fund charity — to help her students and others. And come through our generous readers did.
A decade later, The Vancouver Sun Children’s Fund’s Adopt-a-School project has raised more than $8 million in donations both large and small, from individuals and from companies alike, and not just money but clothing, school equipment and field trips.
Since the beginning, our commitment has been to ensure that every single penny donated goes directly to the children, and we have continued to honour that promise. When you donate to The Vancouver Sun Children's Fund, 100 per cent of your donation goes to help children and youth. None of your donation goes to administration costs.
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