Starfish Pack

Combatting hunger over weekends by providing food to school-aged children.

Starfish Pack

The Starfish Pack Backpack Program was created in response to teachers hearing the cry of their students.

Teachers were heartbroken to hear their students were coming to class Monday morning hungry, reporting that they had not eaten over the weekend.

$600 fills one starfish pack all school year.

The Starfish Pack program would not be possible without the generosity of our community. Each week volunteers pack two breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners and healthy snacks into the backpacks for the weekend. Then, the packs are delivered to local elementary, middle, and high schools. With the help of teachers, administrators, youth workers, and Indigenous support workers, students leave school with a pack full of essentials for the weekend.

Who We Help

  • 400+ local schoolchildren who have been identified by the Abbotsford School District as being in need of food over the weekend.

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Did You Know?

Archway has been operating the Food Bank since the 1980s and it grew out of the Christmas Bureau which began in 1968.


Office Hours

8:30am – 4:00pm
Monday – Thursday

8:30am – 3:00pm


Archway Food Bank
33914 Essendene Avenue
Abbotsford, BC V2S 2H8

In Partnership With:

We acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.

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Volunteer Feature: Louise

Volunteer Feature: Louise

Louise began her volunteer journey by bringing her dog Chloe to the hospital to meet patients. Louise now volunteers in the community of Abbotsford seven days a week, making over 100 sandwiches daily for the marginalized populations in Abbotsford.

Volunteer Feature: Ghadeer

Volunteer Feature: Ghadeer

When Ghadeer joined the volunteer team in the summer of 2019, she was a newcomer to Canada. Since then, she has been making a significant impact as a volunteer at the Food Bank.

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