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Kal Rotary celebrate three years of their Starfish Pack program

Kal Rotary is celebrating three years of their Starfish Pack program with sponsors and partners. Back row L-R: David Spencer, upcoming Co-Chair, Starfish Pack Program, Kalamalka Rotary; Kim Martineau, Save-On-Foods; Carlos Laranjo, Save-On-Foods; Chere Lane, Boys & Girls Club; Rod Koenig, Great West Equipment; Krista Blankley, upcoming Co-Chair, Starfish Pack Program, Kalamalka Rotary; Robert Lee, School District 22 Board Chair. Front row L-R: Rob Cashato, Save-On-Foods; Josie Ferguson, Boys & Girls Club; Dr. Carmen Larsen, current Chair, Starfish Pack Program, Kalamalka Rotary; Morgan Sparrow, Great West Equipment.
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VERNON - The Kalamalka Rotary club is celebrating the third year of its Starfish Pack program,which provides more than 90 school children in the Vernon area with a backpack full of food for the weekend.

Kal Rotary partnered with Okanagan Boys and Girls Club and Save-On Foods in 2016 in an aim to address food insecurity and started providing 20 backpacks containing two breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners, as well as fresh fruit and snacks to over 20 children in School District 22.

"Our goal is to ensure no child goes hungry in Greater Vernon. We’ve made a great start, but there are more schools and children who need our help," Kalamalka Rotary Starfish Pack Program chair Carmen Larsen said in a media release.

“The Starfish Pack program has been extremely successful thanks to the involvement and donations from a number of individuals, businesses and organizations. Salvation Army is a big supporter and provides warehouse space and Sun FM helps raise funds by sponsoring the spring media campaign,” Larsen said.

Kal Rotary recently championed Great West Equipment, Tolko, and Bannister Automotive Group for the significant contribution of more than 10 backpacks a year.

The Rotary club has also just kicked off its fundraising drive for the coming school year. A backpack costs $525 per child for the school year, with each weekend backpack costing $15.

For more information and to make a donation go here.

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