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Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids (BB4CK)

We have one goal: no hungry kids in Calgary. We strive toward this goal each day by providing healthy lunches directly to kids and by empowering communities to create lasting social change.

Our Impact

What We Do

Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids (BB4CK) has one goal: no hungry kids in Calgary. We strive toward this goal each day by providing 3,800 healthy lunches directly to kids, and by empowering communities to create lasting social change. There are hungry kids in our city and there is a caring community of Calgarians who are working together to help feed them.

BB4CK works for kids like Bianca, who came to Canada in the middle of her grade 8 year. While Bianca’s family was working to settle down in the city and meet so many basic needs, Bianca received lunches at her school made by BB4CK volunteers. Volunteers gave a few hours of their time and donors provided financial support that allowed healthy food to be purchased – the community joined together to make a difference.

The individual actions that brought a healthy lunch to a hungry 14-year-old have created lasting impact for Bianca, now a university student who volunteers to make lunches each week — and that action and impact are what BB4CK is all about. “Awareness is such a big factor, but you have to act on it as well. It’s not just making sandwiches, it’s making Calgary a better place,” Bianca says.

BB4CK works for Bianca and kids like her, making our community better via the seemingly simple act of lunch.

Our Vision: Communities that make sure all kids are fed.

Our Mission: Connect and inspire people to take meaningful action to feed and care for kids.

Our Programs

How We Do It

To ensure every student in Calgary has access to a healthy lunch, BB4CK works closely with each school and school board in the city, supporting them to ensure the needs of their students are met.

Once a school identifies that they have a need for lunches they inform BB4CK of how many kids are impacted by hunger each day. BB4CK will then arrange to meet the lunch needs of these students.

Some schools will receive lunch deliveries from BB4CK’s Kitchen, located in downtown Calgary. The Kitchen is operated by more than 600 volunteers each week who come together daily to make sandwiches, cut up fruits and vegetables and bake snacks for lunches. The lunches are picked up by volunteer drivers and delivered to schools each morning.

Alternatively, the school might be connected to a community group via BB4CK that makes lunches – perhaps a senior’s centre, a church group or a company with a corporate kitchen. These groups may meet daily, a few times a week, or even once each week, making lunches specifically for kids in a school where there is need.

Some schools may also receive direct funding and support from BB4CK to purchase the food supplies they need for lunch. Lunches could be coordinated by school staff or volunteers, and sometimes students put the lunches together for themselves or others in their school or neighboring schools.

However they receive lunch, BB4CK works to get lunch to students as soon as a need is identified. This allows us to ensure that every student in Calgary has access to a healthy lunch at school.

Our Requests

What You Can Do

BB4CK knows that every person has the power to change their world. It takes thoughtful, meaningful action – being willing to spend time, energy and resources to understand a problem and turn it into an opportunity. The BB4CK community focuses its energy on ensuring every student in Calgary has access to a healthy lunch at school, and we invite you to join us.

  • Share the story! Tell someone the facts about hungry kids in our city and empower them to take action to do something about it – whether they are part of the BB4CK community or not. The more people that know about hungry kids in Calgary, and that they can to do something about it, the better.
  • Give financially! The BB4CK budget is more than $1,000,000 each year, 100% of which comes from community donations – we don’t have any government funding contracts. This means that the generosity of individuals, groups and companies – from 8 year olds who give their birthday money to national corporations giving major grants – ensure that BB4CK is stable and sustainable.
  • Start a group! You can start a group in your community, with people joining together to make lunches for students in a local school. We love helping groups connect with the resources and contacts needed to ensure kids get lunch!
  • Volunteer your time! Join us in the BB4CK Kitchen, arrange for your company team or group of friends to help out, sign up as a driver and deliver lunches to schools in the city, or give your time in the BB4CK office. Volunteers of all talents and availabilities join together to ensure kids get lunch every day.

Stay Connected

Contact

Wendy Treschel

Brown Bagging for Calgary's Kids (BB4CK)

403.264.7979

Charitable Number: 890458417RR0001

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Annual Operating Budget:

1345000