Great West Equipment staff raised $5,775 during their Christmas party for the Starfish Backpack Program, which will ensure 10 kids won’t have to worry about food for the year. Jennifer Cramer Lewis (right), with the Starfish program, accepted the donation from the pictured staff: (front row from left_ Caitlin McAuleym Morgan Sparrow and Sarah Lawrence; (middle) Maggie Hyattm Wendy Stowards, Tammy Coleman and Verna Leslie; (back) Bill Haworth, Paul Lawrence, Ross Davidson and Rob Rintoul. (Jennifer Smith/Morning Star)

Great West Equipment feeds a need in Vernon

Starfish Pack Program gets a boost

The most basic of needs, nutrition, is being filled for the dozens of Vernon kids who too often go home hungry at the end of the school week.

The Starfish Pack Program ensures that children in low-income families have healthy and nutritious food to fill them up over the weekend. These students are sent home with special backpacks every Friday. In fact, the program feeds 84 kids in eight schools locally.

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But it is the support of businesses and individuals which makes the program possible.

Staff at Great West Equipment recently made a major contribution of $5,775, thanks to funds raised at their Christmas party.

“We support the Starfish Program as we want to support the community in areas that to us make a meaningful impact,” said Rob Rintoul, Chief Financial Officer for Great West Equipment. “Youth is often our focus as there is great potential in every child. Giving them an opportunity to succeed with healthy food is something we felt fit our support objectives and is a great program we hope takes hold in many other communities.”

Thanks to the staff contributions, the funds will go a long way toward curbing hunger in the community.

“Ten kids will not have to worry about food throughout the year,” said Jennifer Cramer Lewis, with the Starfish Pack Program.


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