At Maple Ridge Secondary, students who were going through an entire day without food had been able to get a nutritious lunch thanks to an Adopt-a-School donor who provided funding for this program three years ago. But the program is running out of money.
Special education teacher Ellen Stover has been trying to feed between 20 and 30 impoverished students a lunch every day on dwindling resources. Donations have dried up, donors and a service club that once helped feed these children have taken their money and interest elsewhere.
She had applied to AAS for $10,000 to keep the lunch program afloat.
However, upon learning of the situation The Vancouver Sun Children’s Fund board, which controls AAS, said it would seek to raise $15,000 for the program — the increase being used to buy students a full meal at least once a week.