Helping Kids and Families

Starfish program helps families

Venture Training is proud to be a partner in the Starfish Program. The picking up and delivering of the Starfish backpacks is an opportunity for our staff and  participants to feel good about giving back to the community.

About the Starfish Program:

The Starfish program addresses food insecurity and hunger by providing a weekend knapsack of two breakfasts, two dinners, fresh fruit and snacks for local elementary school children in need.

With the support of School District 22, elementary schools are selected for participation in the program. The schools then identify students who would benefit from a Starfish backpack and arrange appropriate permissions with their families.

Every Friday after school, students who are part of the Program pick up their knapsack at school and return the empty backpack the following week for refilling. There is normally sufficient food to provide nourishment for other family members as well.

Kalamalka Rotarians, Tolko employees, and other community volunteers help to fill the backpack with foods, provided at cost by Save-On-Foods, at the Salvation Army warehouse. The packs are then delivered by the Okanagan Boys and Girls Club and Venture Training and picked up the following week by volunteers.