Starfish fruit costs covered
Okanagan Edge Staff - Oct 15, 2020 - Get Involved

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Ron Harper Wealth Management Group

A Vernon financial group stepped up in a big way this week to help keep children fed at all times.

The Ron Harper Wealth Management Group, which is part of RBC Dominion Securities, made a donation to Kalamalka Starfish Society. The organization operates the Starfish Pack Program, which works to improve to Vernon’s poverty statistics.

The amount of the donation was undisclosed, but Kalamalka Starfish Society said the money will cover the fruit children receive in their packs each week until 2022.

Approximately one in five children in B.C. live in poverty and often go more than a full day without eating a healthy meal. Each week, approximately 15 local volunteers pack 78 bags with food and deliver to 11 schools. The Starfish packs provide enough food for two breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners, fresh fruit and snacks for every weekend of the school year.

RBC Dominion Securities, which is a regular sponsor of the program, made another donation this year from the RBC Foundation.

More information about the Starfish Pack Program can be found here.

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