Media advisory - Community First Foundation’s Backpack Buddies to serve vulnerable children affected by the teacher’s strike

For interview opportunities or for more information, contact Sonya Hwang at or 1-604-902-1977.

Event details:

Date: Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Time: 12 – 1 pm

Location: Britannia Community Services Centre, 1661 Napier Street, Vancouver

•    Community First Foundation’s Backpack Buddies with support from Cocktails & Canapes, Save On Foods Park & Tilford, Urban Fare Yaletown and funds raised by students from Collingwood School, will be serving lunch and giving away backpacks of food for vulnerable children affected by the teacher’s strike.

•    200 children are expected to be in attendance.

•    Traditionally, these children would be receiving assisted breakfast, lunch and snack programs through their schools in addition to weekend backpacks full of food from Backpack Buddies. With the teacher’s strike, these children are missing out on valuable nutrition.

•    1 in 6 children in B.C. live in food insecure households.

•    A study conducted in March of 2013 indicated that 94,000 use food bank services in B.C. of which 29.5% were children.

Interview opportunity:

•    Emily-anne Griffiths, co-founder, Community First Foundation

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