The Richmond School District has received just over $18,000 from the United Way of the Lower Mainland to help feed vulnerable and at-risk children, youth and families.
The funds will allow the school district to focus on providing perishable items, and existing non-perishable items, to vulnerable families with the flexibility of offering toiletries and cleaning supplies if needed for the months of May and June, according to the David Sadler, spokesperson for the Richmond School District.
He added that vulnerable families will be able to receive these hampers through Save-On Foods delivery service.
Scott Robinson, superintendent of schools, said the Richmond School District is “extremely appreciative” of everyone who has supported the district’s Feed-U-Cate program.
“These donations allow the district to continue to support vulnerable families and ensure that they receive essential items each week,” said Robinson.
United Way’s Local Love Food Hubs program distributed over $160,000 to school districts across the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley to help with food security during this critical time.
Kim Winchell, senior director of strategy and operations at United Way of the Lower Mainland, said that the program aims to remove students and families’ worries about food.
“As families settle into their new realities, we are seeing more people accessing food programs out of necessity, a need we are working hard to address.”