Press Release November 22, 2018
A Milk Run for Vancouver’s Poorest Kids
Lotus Light Charity’s food recovery program has arranged for a special 1 day milk delivery of fresh premium milk (over 6,000 lbs) to Vancouver’s inner city schools and community centers which have the highest poverty concentration in the city this week. Thanks to the generosity and logistics of Lotus Light’s longtime partner, The Greater Vancouver Food Bank, this nutritious milk will help feed growing young minds in our local community.
The poverty facing some young students is nothing new at the 7 elementary schools receiving the fresh milk. Unsurprisingly, all the schools are in East Vancouver. Historically the land on Vancouver’s east side was the cheapest land, so a lot of the city’s social housing was built there.
At Grandview Elementary, about 43% of student families are on government income assistance. A few blocks away at Strathcona Elementary, students come from struggling families who rely on the weekday breakfast program and weekly donated Food Backpack Program which students take home Fridays so their family can eat through the weekend. At Ray-Cam Co-operative Centre, the low-income kids in their subsidized daycare program and the at-risk kids in their recreational youth programs fall either in the impoverished Strathcona or Seymour school catchment. At Britannia Elementary and Xpey Elementary, many student families are on income assistance, living in social housing or transitional housing and a high number of the vulnerable student population are Indigenous. Further out at Tillicum Annex and Thunderbird Elementary, the need is also great for students from working poor families.
This significant donation of fresh milk is most welcome by all recipient schools where close to half the student population arrive at school often unfed and without proper clothing. The needs of all these schools is decades old.
“Disadvantaged inner city kids need food for empty tummies, socks and shoes without holes, and above all, a Community that cares,” said Master Lian Tzi, President of Lotus Light Charity (Vancouver).
Unfortunately, Vancouver’s inner city schools are increasingly reliant on private and corporate funding in order to survive each year. At times, schools must scramble each year to find donors to keep vital programs going for disadvantaged children whose working poor families rely on school resources for emergency food, transit tickets, clothing and even things like laundry detergent and toilet paper. Vancouver’s sky high cost of housing and low wages compounds this poverty.
Anything people can do to assist inner city schools would be a meaningful investment to the futures of vulnerable school children in Vancouver’s eastside.
Lotus Light Charity Society aims to promote a stronger community from its motto “through caring and learning, we help to build a better tomorrow” and relies on financial and in-kind donations from individuals and corporate sponsors to support the charity’s multi-faceted services and programs (social assistance, education, medical assistance, and cultural awareness).
We welcome your generous support and donations throughout the year to bring hope to those struggling for a brighter future in our local community.
Lotus Light Charity Society charitable registration # (BN 14110-4893-RR0001)
For further information about Lotus Light Charity Society’s programs, please contact: Sean X. Ouyang, Phone: 604-685-5548, Ext. 13, Email: llcsvancouver_at_gmail.com