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October 3, 2013

Beyond the Classroom

Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids is known for the healthy lunches that we make and deliver to Calgary schools.  But did you know that we also run other programs that are helping to create long lasting social change?

Our Food Access Van (FAV) is one such program.  It began as a pilot project in the summer of 2012 where we would take fresh fruits and veggies out to the community and sell them on a pay-what-you-can basis. The program drew inspiration from the Panera Cares Community Café.  If you don’t know about Panera Community Café I urge you to read more here: http://paneracares.org/

We are now entering into our second year of FAV and want to shift the concept from something that we run ourselves to a portable program that we can help support in the community.  If you are interested in getting together a group of like-minded volunteers to run Food Access at your school, community centre, or place of worship then we would love to hear from you.  Contact alexandra@bb4ck.org to find out more.

Together we can help tackle food insecurity in Calgary and make it our problem!

 

Alexandra Weaver

Community/Coordinator

October 2, 2013

Community Coordinator – Mat leave

Role Summary

Brown Bagging it for Calgary’s Kids Society (BB4CK) works in partnership with the Calgary Board of Education, the Calgary Separate School District and community based initiatives to deliver lunches to school children who would otherwise go without.

The role of the Community Coordinator is to support the Executive Connector in all the community-based initiatives and to lead the Food Access Van program.  

Administrative Duties

Main point of contact for portion of community groups and Food Access Van

Field phone calls and emails for community communication

Community Impact Partner- build connections and opportunities for community groups and nurture existing ones

Work with Executive Connector and Volunteer & Administration Coordinator for building the community groups

Follow up with community groups, provide resources, info, best practices and funding as required

Support communication goals (website posting support)

Measure success of community programs and the impact of the kids being fed

Proper tracking of community funding etc.

Collection of data/ research

Any other duties that may be required

Logistic and Deliveries

Pick up all supplies needed for both the Kitchen and the Food Access Van (FAV)

Develop and foster all relationship with suppliers (all pick up suppliers)

Work with Kitchen Supervisor and Internal Logistics Coordinator to manage all        orders to ensure that supply levels are accurate (FAV supplies and community related inventory.)

Operate and maintain the fleet of vehicles

Any other duties that may be required

Supervisory

Communicate clearly and interact with community partners, volunteers, food suppliers, co-workers & the general public in a courteous, professional manner as required.

Recruit, motivate, train and support volunteers through training and everyday interactions

Help with all food preparation

Any other duties that may be required

 

Desired Qualities

Creative thinker who can contribute new ideas and approaches to the organization

Detail oriented with a high level of organizational and time management skills

Comfortable carrying out tasks independently

An active and inquisitive learner

A proactive and motivated self-starter

Ability to work in a flexible work environment, both independently and as part of a team

Good communication and ability to create relationships

Ability to lift and move 30 lbs with ease and agility

Driver’s license with a clean driving record

Key Assets

Prior nonprofit experience is highly desirable and will be considered an asset

Knowledge of educational systems and procedures

Ability to work independently with little supervision while remaining accountable to theExecutive Director

If you are interested please contact Tanya Koshowski at Tanya@bb4ck.org or 403.874.7971

Only successful candidates will be contacted.

September 19, 2013

News and events in Calgary

It has been a great month over here at BB4CK getting up and running for the school year. We have made a ton of great new partnerships and learned about some exciting new city programs. Please check out these news articles.

A great article on BB4CK from Avenue magazine.

An awesome fundraiser from SPUD.ca raised $6,000 and helped feed 6,000 Calgary Kids.

We have so many wonderful Calgarians offering to donate food we unfortunately can’t use because of logistics. Here’s an awesome program will get this food where it is needed.

Melissa Cooney-Burk,

Executive Connector. BB4CK

 

 

August 8, 2013

BB4CK and AB Floods

When the 2013 floods hit our city the BB4CK staff immediately wanted to help. Our team quickly got in touch with all schools affected, 211, and Neighbourlink to ensure any families struggling to access food due to displacement, school closures, or power outages knew we were there to help.

During the crisis we helped to support 203 kids struggling due to the floods. Over $20 000 was donated to these families to make sure these kids had the food they need to be as successful as possible.

The team also volunteered throughout the beginning weeks with Neighbourlink to help manage their donations and feed the volunteers. It was amazing to see the city come together throughout this time and we are happy we could take part. The resiliency of the families we met throughout the floods was awe inspiring.

While we hope to never witness such devastation in our city again it is heart warming to know that Calgarians will always be there to give one another a hand up.

Melissa Cooney-Burk,

Executive Connector

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