Communities Doing Good: Kids Come Together to Give Food to Those in Need

A group of school kids have come together in Coquitlam to do some good and to give back to their own community. Their spirits have been lifted after a donation event was put together at the school and kids were encouraged to bring in cereal boxes that would go to those in need.

Cereal boxes today run anywhere between $2-$4 per box or more, depending on what brand you are getting. Together the students collected hundreds of boxes of cereal that were be forwarded onto the SHARE organization to be used in the Food Bank.

SHARE offers family and community services in B.C. and they are a non-profit that is dedicated to strengthening, connecting with, and helping individuals and families in the area.

They offer food bank services and more, to those who are disadvantaged in places like Coquitlam and Port Moody.

When families are running low and have nowhere to turn and need food or clothing, they can turn to organizations like SHARE to help. These are vital services in our communities that are doing good and giving back.

The food bank they run got a good boost after some school kids engaged in the cereal fundraiser that was put together at École Banting Middle School. This is thousands of dollars in cereal goods that is going to make its way now to families and individuals in the community who are in need of help.

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The idea was to get the kids excited about working together and participating with their friends again. It was something that might help to boost their spirits and the community too, with everyone coming together to do good and help others.

When so many are seeing difficulties right now in trying to make ends meet, a little can go a long way and this event will help to bring hundreds of boxes of cereal to families who need it.

The event, referred to as the Cereal-sly Charitable Fundraiser, encouraged kids to bring in cereal boxes that would go on to SHARE Food Bank and they managed to bring in over 2,000 boxes together.

Over 2k Cereal Boxes Donated

That is a lot of food! All from one school, one food-raising event, and it’s going to go a long way to help others. This easily became one of the biggest donations for SHARE that they have ever seen.

One family participating in the event had gone out and spend hundreds of dollars on cereal, bringing in dozens of cereal boxes for the donation.

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How To Donate To SHARE

Now is the time to give back to those who are in need and it has never been a better opportunity than now to find organizations like SHARE that are available, and donate to try and make a difference in your own community.

It is those donations that help organizations like SHARE continue to make a direct difference in the lives of British Columbians. They help to strengthen the lives of families and individuals and they couldn’t do it without help from others.

In just a small time this event brought in thousands of dollars in cereal and it shows that it doesn’t take many people to make a big impact in the community.

Since the pandemic hit more people are turning to food banks and similar services in their communities and that means that these food banks have seen one of their most challenging years this past year.

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1 in 7 Canadians are affected by food insecurity

It has been previously estimated last year that about 1 in 7 Canadians would be dealing with food insecurity because of the pandemic. To try and make sure that the supplies are going to those who need it, food banks in Vancouver and other areas have started asking users to register with them.

They want to verify the low income status of users and make sure that people aren’t taking advantage of the service, that the food is going to those who need it most.

Not everyone is comfortable with that registration process though and there are other solutions that have sprung up in the city. For example, we are seeing community fridges and community pantries in Vancouver, Kelowna now, and other B.C. cities.

These food pantries and community fridges are different because they do not require you to register. For the most part they are also open 24/7 and give people that easy access to food whenever they need it most, no questions asked.

We can expect to see more community fridges and pantries might pop up like this in the future to try and help address some of the demand in the province.

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