Old Yale Elementary is a designated inner city school in Surrey. With an enrolment of 450 students in grades K-7, 18% of our families are defined as low income, 30% are single parent, and 52% have moved into or out of the neighborhood in the last five years. 49% of our students are learning English as a Second Language and 8% are Special Needs. Of our 450 students, 40 students attend our breakfast program each morning and 80 attend the lunch program each day.
Several students at Old Yale Elementary come to school on an empty stomach and often do not bring a lunch. Additionally, the students go home after school and on weekends and are provided with little to no nutritious food. Many families have difficulty accessing the food bank or they find it does not provide a sufficient amount of food for their family. We would like to be able to provide emergency non-perishable food items to those most in need to get them through the weekend and school breaks. This ensures our students are provided with nourishing food while away from school.