British Columbia has the strongest economy in the Country and yet has the worst child poverty rate, with 1 in 5 children living in poverty. More than three thousand local school kids arrive hungry at our schools in Victoria every day, and it continues to increase every year.
Rotary Victoria Harbourside provides financial support for school food programs and help our community’s most vulnerable children in Victoria at local elementary schools, and serves food to thousands of local kids throughout the school year, but it’s a challenge.
We called on local businesses to join us and our friends and families at CAN-Canucks Autism Network this year in supporting our 4th. Annual fundraising effort on October 17th., 2021, at Galey Farms and raised over $42,000.00 (more than double last year) for our school food programs.
It was a party for kids in our local community, and it was sponsored by Rotary Victoria Harbourside, CAN-Canucks Autism Network, and Galey Farms. Picture over 300 kids and their families riding the Galey Farms Railway, having fun in the corn maze, and picking out their favourite pumpkin in the pumpkin patch. Snacks and hot chocolate topped off the experience for everyone. All for “Free” thanks to our many local business sponsors.
All of the funds raised go towards covering the costs of our school food programs to help feed our kids throughout the year.