We Are Your Connection

To Food For Kids, Volunteer Opportunities,
and Meaningful Giving.

How It Works

A Community Of Support

We are Families, Volunteers, and Donors.

  • Our Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids (BB4CK) community includes dedicated parents, volunteers, school staff, donors, kids and the BB4CK’s staff, who take meaningful action to care.
  • With 21 percent of Calgarians reporting they struggle to buy groceries, and food prices continuing to rise, the BB4CK community is determined to provide food security to kids and their families.
  • It costs $3.50 to produce and deliver one lunch to one kid.
  • We make food accessible to kids who need it, when they need it, and provide thousands of school lunches to Calgary’s kids every school day.

Years of Providing Lunches

Our Services

We connect kids to food with the support of dedicated volunteers and impactful donations.


How We Make A Difference

We Directly Impact Our Community

By Offering Consistent and Reliable Support.

  • Over 7,500 kids receive a lunch every school day.
  • Over 600 volunteers in close to 30 BB4CK satellite kitchens in every quadrant of the city, make sandwiches, pack fruit and veggies and bake goodies to care for kids in their community.
  • We also work with families experiencing food insecurity, gathering feedback to design programming that address food insecurity in our city.

 Our Resources

For Families, Schools, Donors and Volunteers.

For Schools

Get Connected To Lunches

With 21 percent of Calgarians reporting they struggle to buy groceries and food prices continuing to rise, the BB4CK community is determined to provide food security to kids and their families.

For Families

Get Connected To Food Resources

The BB4CK Family Coordinator works with families to figure out the best way to meet their needs. The family coordinator can work to connect you to an appropriate BB4CK School Lunch for your child(ren) or recommend another food support in Calgary that is appropriate for your needs and wants.


Get Involved Today

Join our amazing volunteer team to make a difference in children’s lives today.
We have many volunteer roles for you to fill and you don’t have to choose just one!


Get Your Team Involved

Activate Your Company Values and Engage Your Employees in a Corporate Giving Day at Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids’ Downtown Kitchen.

Community Volunteers

Start a BB4CK Satellite Kitchen

Join a Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids volunteer community group and play a vital role in ensuring children have access to nutritious meals and snacks.

Community Groups

Community Group Sign-In

Access daily production numbers and keep your lunch preparations running smoothly.


Give Today, Impact a Kid’s Life

Make an Impact on Calgary’s Kids Today
Nearly 1 in 3 children in Alberta live in food-insecure household. Join us in making sure every kid receives the food they need to play, learn, and grow.

Monthly Donors

Become a Hunger Hero, and Give Monthly

Looking for a Heartfelt, Consistent Way to Give?
Become a Hunger Hero and generate reliable food support for children.


Start a Fundraiser to Care for Kids

Contribute to Food Security by Creating Your Own Customized Online Fundraising Page While Commemorating Your Birthday, Wedding, Graduation, or Any Celebratory Milestone.

The BB4CK Community Connects Kids to the Food They Need to Reach Their Full Potential

Our Community Of Supporters

We could not impact the kids of thousands of kids in Calgary if it wasn’t for the generosity of our community.

Read Our Stories and More

Learn more about Brown Bagging For Calgary’s kid’s current news, recipes, and opportunities.

How can we help?

Frequently asked questions

Q: Where are the Community Group Kitchens located? When do they operate, and what do they do?

A: They are in churches, community centers, and some grocery stores in all quadrants across Calgary. Typically, they operate on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:00 am to 10:30 am. Each group prepares lunches, packs them, and delivers them to the schools in their community.

Q: Can youth volunteer?

Yes! We have a 12-year-old or older volunteer policy in effect in the BB4CK downtown kitchen.

Q: Do you accept donations of food or other items?

We do accept certain snacks that we are allowed to send to schools.  Click here (link to snack drive page) for more information. For other gift inquiries, please email us at donate@bb4ck.org.

Q: Is there a limit to how many times my family can access BB4CK support?

No, there is no limit to how many days or times your family can access lunches in schools and grocery gift cards. These supports are available as many times as you need them, within the eligibility criteria of each program.
You only need to complete the Family Supports Form once.

Q: My child is homeschooled can I get grocery cards or lunches?

We currently do not offer programming directly for homeschooled children, but if you email our hello@bb4ck.org account we will try our best to see what food supports we can connect you to.

Q: How can I get lunches for my kids/students at school?

A: If you are looking for in-school lunch support, please reach out to Twyla@bb4ck.org

Q: How do I donate?
  1. There are many ways to donate. If you would like to discuss your options with a team member first, please email donate@bb4ck.org or call (403) 264-7979. You can donate online by clicking the “Give” button at the top or you can call us at the number above and we can take your credit card details over the phone.

  2. You can send a cheque in the mail. Please make cheques payable to “Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids”
    #110, 909 11 Ave SW
    Calgary, AB
    T2R 1L7
  3. You can make a gift of securities here:
    Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids | Charity Profile | Donate Online | Canadahelps
Q: Can I get a tax receipt for my donation?
Yes, if applicable. If you donated online on our website, you should have received one that would be sent to the email you included in the donation in 7-10 business days. If you cannot find it, please request one by emailing us at donate@bb4ck.org or calling (403) 264-7979 (extension 2).
Q: Who qualifies for BB4CK School lunch program?

If your child is a student in K-12 at a Calgary area school and in need of lunch at school, we’d be happy to plan with you. We are currently providing lunches through over 230 Calgary schools. If your child’s school doesn’t currently have BB4CK lunches available, we’ll work with the school to have lunch available.

Q: Where does all this food and money come from?

BB4CK is a community-funded charity. That means that all the money we spend comes from people and companies in our city.

Q: I live outside of Calgary can I get my child signed up for lunches?

We currently offer supports in over 230 Calgary schools, but unfortunately our supports are limited to Calgary schools. Reach out to your local school to see if there is similar support offered by another organization in your local city.

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