The Big Giveback 2023

Thank You for making The Big Giveback a Huge Success!

Thank you to everyone who made The Big Giveback for The Upper Room Hospitality Ministry Food Bank such a HUGE success. We received 84 backpacks, tons of water bottles & lunch bags, and a mountain of food….more than 350 pounds!

A special thanks goes to:
-Max 93, CFCY, and Matt Rainnie & CBC Mainstreet for helping us spread the word
-Sunly Energy and Buy Rite for sharing their ads with us
-Famous Peppers Charlottetown for providing an amazing lunch
-Family Vision Centre Harbourview Training Center  & the Reach Foundation for providing awesome prizes
-Everyone who brought in donations including Sunly Energy, Provincial Credit Union, EXIT Realty PEI, Call2Recycle / Appel à Recycler Canada and all of the individuals & families who participated!

Mark your calendars! The Big Giveback is coming up on Thursday, August 17th to Sunday, August 20th at the Dream Cottage.

Although the Back to School period is exciting for many, it is also stressful for some PEI families.  With the increase in prices across PEI this year, making ends meet will be even more difficult.  Although the Public Schools Branch is providing school supplies, parents and guardians still need to provide backpacks, lunch bags and water bottles.

We also want to help ensure that Island youth have access to the types of food that fuel academic success. Food security is an issue on our island – it affects 1 in 5 children on PEI.  The school breakfast and lunch programs provide families with support but there are still gaps. Let’s help fill the Upper Room Hospitality Ministry Food Bank shelves with breakfast, lunch and snack items like cereal, granola bars and juice boxes; please see the full list of needs below.

Our vision is that all young people realize their full potential.  Access to healthy food and adequate nutrition is an important to academic performance. Let’s cram the cottage with as much Back to School food supplies, backpacks, water bottles and lunch bags as possible to ensure that every child starts the year with what they need to succeed!



Lunch Bags

Water Bottles

Granola Bars


Fruit Cups

Pudding Cups

Cheese and Crackers

Individually Wrapped Cookies & Crackers


Drinking Boxes

As a thank you for your Big Giveback donation….

We’ll be celebrating the generosity of Islanders with some great prizes & treats. Drop by the Dream Cottage with a donation and you’ll receive a BBBSPEI buff and you’ll have a chance to win some great prizes including:

-a handcrafted, 3-piece Bird House from Harbourview Training Centre

-$50 Family Vision Centre Gift Card & 2 bars of Raspberry Cordial Soap from The Reach Foundation (4 prizes)


To add to the fun, CFCY & Max 93 will be broadcasting from the Cottage on Thursday (August 17th) from 9 am until 1 pm.  It will also be a great chance to take a tour of the Dream Cottage, find out more about volunteering and get your Dream Cottage tickets in time for the Final Early Bird Draw.

For more Information

For more info about The Big Giveback: Call 902-569-KIDS or email

To find out more about The Upper Room Hospitality Food Bank, check our their webpage

Check out the Dream Cottage website for more info, photos and info on how to get tickets