Susan Cairns, executive director of the Langley School District Foundation, flashes gift cards that will help feed local families amid COVID-19. (Susan Cairns/Special to the Langley Advance Times)

Langley School District Foundation tells families to ‘lean on us’

Non-profit asks for donations while it continues to help feed low income families amid COVID-19

For some, coronavirus means working from home with no daily commute.

It means spending less on gas, lattes, and dry cleaning.

It means going for long walks on nearby wilderness trails and playing with the kids and dogs in a back yard often with a pool, a trampoline, or both.

But, for others it is not so blissful.

What if the only nutritious meal of the day is no longer available?

Or if those bare cupboards remain bare?

What if the scenarios keep emerging as more and more people succumb to the oppressive reality of the coronavirus crisis.

For some it’s simply adapting to a new and perhaps better normal, for others it’s a life altering catastrophe.

These are the questions that the Langley School District Foundation are hoping the public think about amid COVID-19 and classroom closures, which have caused in-school breakfast and snack programs to have to stop.

The foundation has since committed to provide $50 gift cards every week to the more than 600 families within the school district who need help.

They started the program during the week of April 6 and will continue distributing cards every week while regular classes are suspended.

Susan Cairns, executive director of the Langley School District Foundation, said they could not make such a commitment without the help of all our community partners who have donated to the Langley School District Foundation’s Food for Thought Program.

“We’ve had donations from corporations, businesses, associations and individuals. Local firms including Infinity Properties and Spake Media sent out matching challenges of $10,000 and many responded,” she explained.

Horizon Landscape, Benchmark Properties Foundation, Valley Traffic, Darnell & Co Lawyers, VWR Capital and Shewan Foundation are just a few names who responded to the challenge.

The Vancouver Sun Adopt-aSchool, Breakfast Club of Canada, Aldergrove and Sunrise of Langley Rotary Clubs, TOL Firefighters, United Churches of Langley, Jewish Foundation, Premium Brands, Christian Life Assembly, Envision Financial First West Credit Union, Beatniks Restaurant, Freshco Grocers, Hugh Aspinall, Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation, Ayerborn Audio/Video Inc., Langley Advance Times, Lilianne Fuller, Billy Vanderkerhove, Lorraine and Chuck Marr as well as hundreds of individuals have all made contributions.

READ MORE: Langley School district foundation asking for donations to feed hungry students

“The Foundation is so grateful for the response from the community, but we still need help,” Cairns said. “As the crisis continues, more and more families find themselves in dire straits, often for the first time in their lives. We are in this together. Please, help if you can.”

People can donate online at www.langleyschooldistrict foundation.com on the Food for Thought page or send cheques to Langley School District Foundation, 4875-222nd St, Langley, BC V3A 3Z7.

People can contact scairns@sd35.bc.ca if their family needs help with groceries at this time.

_________________________________

Is there more to this story?

Email: ryan.uytdewilligen@langleyadvancetimes.com

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter

_________________________________

LangleyLangley School District

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Aldergrove zoo to reopen next week with new COVID-19 safety measures: spokesperson

Reopening to be ushered in by words from Darryl Plecas, Legislative assembly Speaker

School speed limits in force in Langley

Langley RCMP are asking pedestrians and drivers to be cautious as school resumes

There’s still Hope After Stroke during COVID-19

Program facilitator remains available by phone

Hot rods parade by Langley hospital at seven o’clock for front line workers

Few dozen from BC Hot Rod Association paraded their cars in private show for staff and seniors

Anyone participating in virtual Langley Walk this weekend?

Residents have until Sunday, May 31 to complete annual 5K challenge

Only four new COVID-19 cases, 228 active across B.C.

Health officials watching as activities ramp up

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

Thanks for helping the Langley Advance Times to continue its mission to provide trusted local news

Feds looking at ways to reunite families amid COVID-19 border restrictions with U.S.

Some families with members of dual-citizenship have become separated due to the pandemic

Condition in kids with possible COVID-19 link being studied in Canada

This month, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an alert to doctors about MIS-C

‘I knew what he wanted’: Kootenay man spends hours in tree as black bear patrols below

Francis Levasseur is no stranger to the outdoors, but a recent run-in with a bear caused quite a scare

COVID cancelled their wedding plans, so they married on a BC mountaintop

Ceremony was live streamed to friends and family around the world

Trudeau acknowledges racial unrest in U.S.; ‘We also have work to do in Canada’

‘Anti-black racism, racism, is real; it’s in the United States, but it’s also in Canada,’ Trudeau says

State of Local Emergency declared for Boundary as communities brace for river flooding

Warm weather and heavy rain could cause sections of Kettle River system to swell beyond 2018 levels

Large cruise ships barred from Canadian waters until end of October: Garneau

Last year 140 cruise ships brought more than two million visitors to Canadian ports

Most Read