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Number of hungry kids triples this year at Nanaimo secondary school

Number of hungry kids triples this year at Nanaimo secondary school

“The north end of Nanaimo used to be an affluent area but that’s changed a bit.  We see a lot of families moving in here from Vancouver and the mainland...

2018/2019

Eastside school needs funds to help feed kids

Eastside school needs funds to help feed kids

Sometimes it’s the parents who admit they aren’t keeping a safe distance from hunger. But mostly it’s the children who tell the tale, says Vanessa Mani, the Enhanced Services worker...

2018/2019

Kids at needy Duncan school “living in hopelessness”

Kids at needy Duncan school “living in hopelessness”

The problem with becoming a statistic — such as being one of the 20 per cent of children living in dire poverty in this province — is that you stop...

2018/2019

Downtown Eastside school breakfast program

Downtown Eastside school breakfast program

For those struggling to stay housed and feed themselves on marginal incomes or social assistance that’s how it’s done. Pride is an extravagance, resilience is more useful. To those who...

2018/2019

Sidoo family helps hungry students at Gladstone Secondary

Sidoo family helps hungry students at Gladstone Secondary

The school district estimates poverty makes 10 per cent of the school population vulnerable and the most obvious signs are students arriving at school hungry and in need of nourishment....

2018/2019

Adopt-A-School: Vulnerable and needy in Nanaimo

Adopt-A-School: Vulnerable and needy in Nanaimo

“Some people think this is a high-end area but they don’t see how some families are living in basement suites,” she said. Susan M’Gonigle has trouble picking out the right...

2018/2019

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Surrey Attendance Matters: Holocaust survivor knows ‘what it’s like to be hungry’ helping feed Surrey students

Surrey Attendance Matters: Holocaust survivor knows ‘what it’s like to be hungry’ helping feed Surrey students

There is a poignancy about Jack Kowarsky’s presence among the children being served breakfast in the cramped lunchroom of Surrey’s Bridgeview elementary. In May 1945, when he was the same...

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Brechin Elementary: Food Program

Brechin Elementary: Food Program

Brechin Elementary School, situated in central Nanaimo in an area of economically challenged families, has asked The Vancouver Sun’s Adopt-a-School program for $5,000 to support the school’s food program. With...

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Queneesh Elementary: Community Connections

Queneesh Elementary: Community Connections

The Community Connections program at Queneesh Elementary in Courtenay is designed to provide engagement opportunities for students and their families through game nights, family picnics and geo-caching events. The school...

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