Each week, the LLCS donates over 100 pounds of non-perishable food items to support Strathcona Community Centre’s Children Food Backpack Program.
According to the 2020 BC Child Poverty Report Card, British Columbia’s child poverty rate is slightly higher than the national child poverty rate. School-aged children in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES) are especially affected and are often left without enough food for the weekend, forcing their families to work greater hours to support the family.
In 2020, many school-aged children were disproportionately impacted by the pandemic; many students relied on their schools to provide them with enough free and nutritious meals for the week, helping relieve them and their families of food insecurity. However, when schools shut down to reduce the spread of the virus, students were forced to stay home and faced even greater circumstances of food insecurity, making this program especially important.
Since its inception in 1993, the LLCS has been fulfilling the dream and humanitarian vision of its founder, Buddhist Grand Master Sheng-Yen Lu, to provide help and comfort to people in need. Under the guidance of Master Lian Tzi, president of Lotus Light Charity Society (Vancouver), the Charity invites its members and the general public to support the Children’s Food Backpack Program by donating through our website. We also welcome corporate sponsors to donate items such as:
- Canned fish
- Canned or dried beans and lentils
- Soy products
- Low sodium soups
- Whole wheat and whole grain pasta
- Whole wheat and whole-grain crackers
- High fibre breakfast cereal with no or little sugar
and other nutritious non-perishable food items to the program. Please contact us at 604-685-5548 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The LLCS would like to sincerely thank all financial sponsors, generous donors, partner community service organizations, partner food distribution networks, and all our volunteers for your continuous and generous support.