Forestry company donates thousands for food programs at John Barsby and other schools

John Barsby Secondary School students will benefit from a donation from Mosiac Forest Management. Pictured here, food being sorted at the school gym during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Facebook photo)


John Barsby Secondary School students will be among the beneficiaries after Mosaic Forest Management donated $25,000 to five Vancouver Island schools for meal programs.

The south-end Nanaimo school’s allotment will go toward its food security program, according to a press release, as the COVID-19 pandemic has led to “set scheduling requirements” for students. This, in turn, is leading to new “structural barriers to accessing meal programs,” it said. The money will allow vulnerable students to receive nutritious meals in their classroom via a student-run meal program.

School staff were grateful for the donation.