November 4



ABBOTSFORD, BC, NOVEMBER 4, 2014: The Abbotsford Foodbank’s Starfish Pack Program, which provides kids in need with a backpack filled with healthy, nutritious foods to take home at the end of each school week, continues to grow.

With the support of community partners and individual donors, what began as a pilot project in early 2013 funded by the Rotary Club of Abbotsford (with a single school and ten backpacks), has expanded into a full scale program that currently serves 213 children from 14 schools in Abbotsford.

At a special luncheon last week hosted by the Rotary Club of Abbotsford, Prospera Credit Union presented a cheque for $10,500, which will allow the program to expand even further.

“It’s hard for a child to learn and grow when they don’t have enough food to eat,” says Bruce Howell, President and CEO of Prospera Credit Union. “The Abbotsford Starfish Pack Program is making a real difference in the lives of local school children and we’re thrilled to be able to support them with a donation of $10,500, which will provide 20 students with a backpack filled with food every week.”

“Rotary Club of Abbotsford is extremely pleased that Prospera stepped up with a cheque for $10,500.00 to support the Food Bank with the Starfish Backpack Program,” says Rotary Club of Abbotsford President, Hugh Ellis. “This generous donation will provide 20 additional backpacks. Prospera is a Starfish Superstar!”

For more information about the Starfish Pack Program, visit

About Prospera Credit Union
Building on more than 65 years of history in British Columbia, Prospera Credit Union is proud to be a member owned co-operative enterprise serving our communities with operations that extend from Vancouver to Kelowna. As a full service financial institution that prides itself on building relationships, we serve our members through sixteen branches, online banking and a locally-based contact centre. Through our membership in The Exchange network, our members enjoy fee-free access to more than 2,300 ATMs across Canada.

With an extensive community investment program devoted to recognizing community-based organizations, events and the volunteers who make our communities stronger, Prospera makes a meaningful difference in the financial well-being of our members and our communities.

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Erin Nesci
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