Weekend Fuelbag volunteers help pack up bags of food for hungry students to eat on the weekends. The program recently received a donation of $3,000 from Warner Bros. Entertainment, which will be used to feed six students for a year. Submitted photo

Warner Bros. helps feed hungry students in B.C.

American entertainment giant donates to Langley Weekend Fuelbag program

An American entertainment giant is helping out hungry students in Langley through an unexpected donation.

Warner Bros. Entertainment has provided $3,000 to Langley’s Weekend Fuelbag program as part of an initiative to give back to the communities in which they film.

It’s one of the largest single time donations ever received by Weekend Fuelbag — a program that provides meals for 80 students on weekends — and it is enough money to feed six students for an entire year.

“It was hard to believe, we didn’t expect it,” said Brady Lumsden, co-founder of Weekend Fuelbag.

“Warner Bros. called me one day, and they said that they have a fund for charities and giving back to communities that they film in.

“And a spokesperson, who is here on site helping film, heard about the Weekend Fuelbag program, so they suggested us to the headquarters back in California.”

Lumsden was very surprised to receive the donation, as the group usually has to seek out funding.

“It was one of the first times where a big sponsor like this actually reached out to us and heard about us,” he said. “So we know we’re doing well and we’re getting our names out, and we know that we’re raising awareness of the problem.”

Warner Bros. films several television shows in Langley, including Riverdale, The 100, Supergirl, Arrow, The Flash, iZombie, Supernatural, DC Legends of Tomorrow and Life Sentence.

READ MORE: Riverdale stars step out to meet fans in Langley City

According to a spokesperson, this is the first time the company has donated to a Langley organization as part of their corporate community outreach efforts.

“Warner Bros. appreciates the opportunity to film in local communities. We realize that filming in neighborhoods can, at times, cause inconvenience, and we give to a local non-profit as a way to share our appreciation for the local community’s hospitality,” the company said in an email to the Langley Times.

“We worked with the Langley Film Office to identify non-profit organizations in Langley that are making an impact in the community. We were particularly impressed with the young founders of Weekend Fuelbag, who learned that fellow students were going hungry on the weekends and found a way to make a difference by creating bags of food for students to take home over the weekends.

“Additionally, a few of our shows that film regularly in Langley feature stories about young high school-aged characters and Weekend Fuelbag seemed an especially appropriate fit for this reason.”

READ MORE: Weekend fuelbag program expands in Langley

Those who wish to make a donation to the Weekend Fuelbag program can do so online at www.weekendfuelbag.ca/donate.

The organization is also currently accepting donations of Loblaws bread price fixing gift cards by mail to the Langley School District Foundation c/o Weekend Fuelbag, 4875 222 St. Langley B.C. V3A 3Z7.



miranda@langleytimes.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

 

An example of a food package provided to hungry students on weekends by the Weekend Fuelbag program. Submitted photo

Actor Skeet Ulrich took selfies with Riverdale fans outside of Gabby’s Country Cabaret in September. The TV show is one of several filmed by Warner Bros. in Langley. As part of an initiative to give back to the communities in which they film, Warner Bros. recently made a donation of $3,000 to the local Weekend Fuelbag program. Langley Times file photo

Just Posted

Chilliwack couple who went missing on flight from Edmonton named by family

Family released statement saying they’re still focused on finding the two-seater plane

Father of teen who died in government care to run for Chilliwack school board

Peter Lang, who is Métis, also wants to see more Indigenous representation in the district

Chilliwack RCMP use bucket truck to nab distracted drivers

Police used the ‘eye in the sky’ on Sept. 20 near the Evans Roundabout

VIDEO: Chilliwack dairy farmer says Trump doesn’t understand the industry

‘They need supply management just as bad as we need to keep it’: sixth generation farmer Devan Toop

Around the BCHL: Merritt’s Matthew Kopperud nets Sun Devil scholarship

Around the BCHL is a look at the BCHL and goings-on throughout the junior A world.

VIDEO: More cameras, police coming after Marissa Shen killed in Burnaby park

B.C. privacy watchdog worries that the cameras are a ‘slow creep’ to a surveillance state

Misspelling B.C. toddler’s plane ticket leaves travel agent on the hook for $1100

Mom and toddler couldn’t get on flight from Iran to Vancouver

Tempering the B.C. cannabis legalization ‘gold rush’

Retail selling of marijuana offers potential business opportunities and pitfalls

B.C. cancer patient’s case exposes gaps in care for homeless people: advocates

Terry Willis says he’s praying for a clean, safe place to live to undergo the cancer treatments he needs after he was denied chemotherapy because he lives in a Victoria homeless shelter.

Trump boasts of America’s might, gets laugh at UN

President Donald Trump received an unexpected laugh at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday.

Federal use of A.I. in visa applications could breach human rights, report says

Impacts of automated decision-making involving immigration applications and how errors and assumptions could lead to “life-and-death ramifications”

Arborist killed by fallen tree at Maple Ridge Golf Course

Was working near the 9th tee box of the golf course.

Rattie scores 3 as Oilers blank Canucks 6-0

Vancouver slips to 1-5 in exhibition play

Most Read