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There is a serious problem with kids going hungry.

 

Brown Bagging for Calgary’s kids invites and empowers people to work together to feed and care for these kids, so they can grow up to reach their potential.  Our Vision:  A future where communities ensure no kids go hungry.

Our Vision:

A future where communities ensure no kids go hungry.

Our Mission:

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

The Problem:

1 in 10 households in Alberta experience food insecurity – which is inadequate or insecure access to food. This problem is growing. Food insecurity in children exacerbates mental health problems, developing from childhood to adolescence. Families are working hard to feed their children, but the majority of households who experience food insecurity reported their main income as wages from employment. It’s not a lack of effort or a matter of laziness, and these families need our support. 

Our Story:

For 30 years, BB4CK has been feeding hungry kids in our city.

Food nourishes us. Brings us together. Connects us. From enjoying a family meal to trading sandwiches in the cafeteria, some of the best memories are built over food. Hungry people can’t focus, can’t learn, can’t grow to be their best.

When kids don’t have food, they can’t reach their potential, and they miss out on key childhood experiences. They don’t make friends as easily, they have a harder time learning, they miss more school and are sick more often.

The BB4CK community is committed to ensuring that every kid in every school in our city has the lunch they need to flourish.

We feed kids who would otherwise go without.

Every lunch is made and delivered by a caring volunteer, often waking early and always working hard to put together healthy meals and get them to kids by lunch. They drive in rain and snow, carry bins bursting with food, scoop hundreds of tuna salads each week.

100% of our funding comes from people and groups who care about feeding hungry kids. They give $20 from their birthday money, and $50,000 grants. They drop off cheques for $100, and sign up as Hunger Heroes to give $40 each month.

These people are the community that come around hungry kids and feed them. These are the gems, the people who take very small actions to make our city and our communities great. This is all of us looking around and seeing a problem – one that we can’t let go, can’t forget – but can’t fix alone. This is all of us seeing that kids are hungry and that it isn’t ok, but realizing that we can’t feed them all by ourselves.

And we’re growing this community, working to create a bigger impact and feed more hungry kids. We’re not slowing down.

So we join together – making a few sandwiches, driving to a few schools, giving what we can. “Alone, I can do so little, but together, we can do so much” has never been so true.

The problems that we face? Well, frankly, they seem overwhelming. People are stressed. People are hurting. People in our neighborhoods, our city – worried about how they’ll pay bills, how they’ll feed their kids. In the face of these problems, overwhelming as they are, it would be easy to turn our backs. Easy to say we can’t fix it, that it’s too big. But that’s not what we do. That’s not who we are. No. We start. We start with one hungry kid, one sandwich, one caring connection. Because we have to start somewhere.

Tanya Koshowski

Tanya Koshowski

Executive Director

My involvement in BB4CK gives me an amazing purpose to wake up for every morning.

Contact for vision and leadership.

tanya@bb4ck.org | 587-776-0176‬

Bethany Ross

Bethany Ross

Director of Operations

Everyone can do something to make a difference in their community.

Contact for operational supports, leases, agreements and related items.

bethany@bb4ck.org | 587-324-0902

Brittany Vine

Brittany Vine

Director of Programming

brittany@bb4ck.org | 587-776-0120‬

Stephanie Gauthier

Stephanie Gauthier

Special Projects

Being a part of a community that directly supports the health and wellness of our children is incredibly inspiring and remarkable!

Contact for special projects info.

stephanie@bb4ck.org | 587-776-0171‬

Kim Hofmann

Kim Hofmann

Kitchen Engagement Specialist

Bringing Volunteers together to feed our children is incredibly inspiring.

kim@bb4ck.org | 587-776-0133‬

Twyla McKinnon

Twyla McKinnon

School Connector

To enable kids to be happy and succeed, is a most wonderful feeling.

Contact for updates/changes to existing kitchen school lunch delivery information.

twyla@bb4ck.org | 587-776-0181

Louise Bailot

Louise Bailot

Financial Coordinator

I am so happy and honored to work with Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids.

Contact for receivables and payables.

louise@bb4ck.org | 587-776-0166‬

Susan Godfrey

Susan Godfrey

Administrative Coordinator

I am so pleased to be a part of this wonderful organization and spreading love, through lunch, out in the community.

Contact for office support and assistance connecting with our amazing office staff.

susan@bb4ck.org | 587-324-1032‬

Lyndsey Enyimu

Lyndsey Enyimu

Giving and Data Coordinator

Contact for tax receipts and fundraising administration. 

Lyndsey@bb4ck.org | (587) 324-1100 

Marcela Zafra

Marcela Zafra

Fund Development Specialist

 

marcela@bb4ck.org | (587) 327-1661 

Karin Henderson

Karin Henderson

Community Engagement Specialist

It is inspiring to work with so many wonderful Calgarians who are taking meaningful actions to support the hungry kids in their communities.

Contact for community group information and snack drives

karin@bb4ck.org | 587-776-0132‬

Sharon Yu

Sharon Yu

Data Coordinator

sharon@bb4ck.org | 587-324-0903

Josh Folden

Josh Folden

Technology Coordinator

The genuine impact of this work inspires me daily.

Contact for Technical Support

josh@bb4ck.org | 587-776-0177

Kim Elson

Kim Elson

Fund Development Associate

It lights me up knowing our work makes such an impact in the community. 

Contact for fundraising events, in-kind donations, campaign donations or monthly giving. 

kim.elson@bb4ck.org | 587-324-0903

Miriam Bankey

Miriam Bankey

Impact & Evaluation Specialist

 

miriam@bb4ck.org | 403-493-0228

Board of Directors

Cecilia Lee

Cecilia Lee

Being a part of Brown Bagging for Calgary Kids has allowed me the opportunity to have a different perspective of our community, open up my heart to understanding the problem with childhood hunger, and be involved in an organization that is so special to me.

Vu Nguyen

Vu Nguyen

From the moment that I learned about BB4CK and their mission, I knew I had to become involved. Childhood hunger is a serious issue and it’s something that I am dedicated to addressing.

Crystal Rainbird

Crystal Rainbird

In my role as a volunteer with the BOD I am fortunate to work alongside the BB4CK team and admire the inspiring work that they accomplish each and every day.

Bob Taylor

Bob Taylor

I’m involved with BB4CK to help ensure that Calgary’s most vulnerable school aged kids are fed to help them reach their full potential in their communities.

Matt Huys

Matt Huys

BB4CK makes a meaningful and tangible difference in the lives of thousands of children in Calgary each school day. I’m proud to work with BB4CK to contribute to the positive impact BB4CK has in the community.

Kyle Setter

Kyle Setter

Having two young children of my own, I’m grateful for the chance to help the BB4CK team feed and care for children who, with a good lunch delivered with love, can thrive both in school and in their home.

Mark Wills

Mark Wills

Feeding hungry Calgary kids is a great cause and one that inspires me.

Our Values

People

People are at the core of everything we do. Every individual connected to this community – the kids we feed, school staff, volunteers and donors and our staff team – matters immensely. We act with great love and respect in every relationship.

Trust

We trust our partners, community groups and schools to ensure that hungry children are fed. Our community trusts us to use their money and their time wisely. When we trust each other, we are all free to do our best work.

Action

It’s the action we take that really matters. We work locally at a grassroots level, giving real food to real kids, every day. Donors and volunteers can see a direct path from their generosity to a healthy meal being handed to a hungry child in need.

FAQ

Check out our list of frequently asked questions.

Contact Us

Office:
300, 223 12th Ave SW Calgary, AB T2R 0G9
403 264 7979
info@bb4ck.org

Kitchen:
909 11 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2R 1L8

Donation Inquires:
donate@bb4ck.org

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