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4,700 Hungry Kids Every School Day

4,700 Hungry Kids Every School Day

29 years ago, a group of Calgarians got together and, realizing that there were kids in their community going without food, started making lunches – a few hundred a day – and got them into the hands of kids who needed them.  

 From that inauspicious beginning has grown an incredible community – a community of hundreds of people who work in a network, making lunches all over our city and putting them in the hands of hungry kids in 224 schools every day. We call them heroes, those who give their time, money, energy, and hearts to making sure that kids they don’t know have what they need to be healthy.  

Today, as we settle into the 2019-2020 school year, we are providing a healthy lunch for 4,700 kids every school day. This number has grown every year for the past 5 years, and fortunately, this community continues to grow too. The heroes continue to show up, in ways big and small, every day – and they create a massive impact. These lunches nourish kids’ bodies, and they give them a connection to the community around them, to a caring adult who gives them the food they need, to a group of friends they can share a meal with. 

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing some exciting ways that you can be part of this community to feed and care for hungry kids. These are opportunities to create meaning, to be part of something that has an impact far beyond one lunch or one day. Opportunities to change the lives of 4,700 kids who don’t have a lunch at school in our city, our community. 

For today, we say thank you. Thank you for showing up to feed kids who would otherwise go hungry. Thank you for noticing the need and responding to it. Thank you for taking action in a meaningful way, for using what you know and what you have to make a difference. There are 4,700 kids in our city, every day, who are grateful for it. 

New Job Posting: Communications Coordinator – Maternity Leave (1 year contract)

Does taking meaningful action inspires you? Are you looking for an opportunity to make an impact in the daily life of a child? Are you passionate about creating social change, engaging with and having an impact on your community? Are you looking to take ownership of your Communications career in an organization that values people, action, and trust? Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids (BB4CK) has an opportunity for a dynamic individual to join our dedicated team!

Who we are: Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids (BB4CK) is a mission-focused grassroots organization, working to build and strengthen communities that ensure every child has enough to eat at school. Our team is small, working together in our areas of strength to ensure we can have a broad impact in our community.

Working cohesively with the Director of Operations, the Communications Coordinator is an integral part of a committed, hardworking and fun team! This individual will work 20 hours per week, with flexibility built in regarding the specific hours (projects, events or meetings may require evening and weekend work, and weekday hours are flexible to be worked as required).

A typical day for you in the role of Communications Coordinator will include the following key responsibilities:

Collaborate in driving the communications plan

    • Implement communications strategies
    • Create and coordinate content for multiple media channels (online and off-line)
    • Lead the creation of marketing materials for print and web
    • Coordinate volunteers to support communications as possible and needed
    • Monitor and update mentions of BB4CK online as needed
    • Track and report on Communications metrics and analytics
    • Support the creation of external and internal communications materials for community and volunteers
    • Archive communications materials in physical and digital form
    • Represent and speak on behalf of BB4CK at external events

Education and Experience:

  • 3-5 years mid-level experience working with a team
  • 2+ years’ experience in communications
  • A broad view of the social impact sector in Calgary and beyond
  • Experience or interest in childhood development, education systems, and social supports

The successful candidate is a creative and inventive professional, skilled at telling stories and sharing messages in a way that is clear, compelling and inspiring. The person in this role will be responsible for shaping the organization’s message, tone, and overall brand, and supporting everyone in the organization to align with that. They will maintain and create tools and platforms, taking a recently created communications strategy and implementing and adjusting as needed. Read the full description here

BB4CK offers a competitive compensation package along with professional development opportunities for innovation and professional growth. Salary will be commensurate with level of experience. If you are looking for a purpose-driven and compelling place to work, please email your cover letter and resume to jan@bb4ck.org by November 15th  , 2019.

This position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. We thank all applicants for their interest in BB4CK, however only those under consideration will be contacted.

New Job Posting: Kitchen Assistant

Does taking meaningful action inspire you?  Are you looking for an opportunity to make an impact in the daily life of a child?  Are you passionate about creating social change, engaging with and having an impact on your community?  Are you looking to take ownership of your career in an organization that values people, action and trust?  Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids (BB4CK) has an opportunity for a dynamic individual to join our dedicated team!

 

Who we are:  Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids (BB4CK) is a mission-focused grassroots organization, working to build and strengthen communities that ensure every child has enough to eat at school. Our team is small, working together in our areas of strength to ensure we can have broad impact in our community.

Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids has increased the number of hungry kids fed daily through its programs by almost 70% since 2015. To accomplish this increased impact, BB4CK has broadened its program delivery through community partnerships and a focus on encouraging and supporting people in Calgary to act in meaningful ways to feed kids. Today, BB4CK continues to grow and transition in order to achieve our goal of no hungry kids. This is an exciting and challenging time in our organizational life, as we continue to meet the growing need in our community, while also focusing our efforts on strengthening our systems and processes to support our growing organization.

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 BB4CK kitchen continues to grow to ensure all kids are fed in our community. While our numbers vary, it’s not uncommon four our kitchen to prepare and deliver 2 000 lunches on a school day.

The Kitchen Assistant will work collaboratively with our programs team, and the Director of Programs, to support the kitchen team’s growing processes and new volunteers.

 

Hours of Work:

6:30 am – 12:30 pm, Monday through Thursday
This is a contract position through December 31, 2019

The role of Kitchen Assistant will include the following key responsibilities:

Whole Organization:

  • Be responsible for own health and wellness, personally and professionally, and take ownership to ensure you are able to perform this role as needed
  • Contribute wholeheartedly to BB4CK’s vision and mission
  • Working effectively on tasks assigned within the context of BB4CK values and culture

This Role

  • Support the Kitchen Coordinator and Logistics Coordinator in their daily operations
  • Welcome, onboard, and train new regular volunteers in partnership with the Volunteer Connector
  • Support with the preparation of lunches including acting as a kitchen “float” support for volunteer groups (bringing supplies to tables, answering questions, supervising sandwich tables or supporting a baking group)
  • Ensuring health and safety of the kitchen: directing volunteers on cleaning, and supporting with cleaning of the kitchen
  • Supporting with the packing of lunch bins, and moving bins from our kitchen to our delivery drivers
  • Receive delivery orders, make note of stock changes and needs for upcoming orders

This opportunity might be for you if you:

  • Are passionate about BB4CK’s mission, and want to engage others in feeding kids
  • Are a dynamic and engaging leader that finds joy in building relationships and serving
  • You’re flexible and energized by a dynamic and changing work environment

Qualifications:

  • Experience in food preparation and/or volunteer engagement
  • “Can do” attitude, and collaborative work approach
  • Ability to work in a physical environment (the kitchen assistant will be on their feet most days, and lifting bins of 25 – 50 lbs)

BB4CK offers a competitive compensation package along with professional development opportunities for innovation and professional growth.  Salary will be commensurate with level of experience.

If you are looking for a purpose driven and compelling place to work, please email your cover letter and resume to jan@bb4ck.org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

This position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.  We thank all applicants for their interest in BB4CK, however only those under consideration will be contacted.

Awakening Passions in Younger Generations

Awakening Passions in Younger Generations

Last month our Executive Director was invited to Prairie Waters Elementary School to speak about BB4CK with their students.

We wanted to share what one of the students wrote about Tanya’s visit:

“Tanya Koshowski the Executive Director for Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids came into our classroom, in March. She talked about what her organization does to help kids. When kids in Calgary do not have a lunch to eat their school contact BB4CK to ask them for help.

She told us a story about Lisa who did not have enough to eat. All she had was half an apple over two days! We were shocked that some kids do not have enough to eat and talked about how that can affect our learning.

During her visit, Tanya asked us the following question: “How many kids are hungry in Calgary?” We tried to guess; 500? 700? 1000? 4000? We all were surprised when she said that there are 4400 hungry children in Calgary. That is a big number of kids! We need food in order to be healthy and grow strong. Tanya explained that it is not only all about the food; it is about showing the kids that receive the lunches that someone cares about them. We think the people who make all those lunches and deliver them are amazing people!

“What is the benefit of kids receiving BB4CK lunches? Kids that are being fed show increased school participation, attendance rates, and grades, they feel better about themselves and have the energy to be kids! There is also caring and capacity created around these kids through the interaction of those providing the lunches to them in their schools.” –Brown Bagging For Calgary’s Kids website

Knowing about hungry kids helped us understand how important an organization like BB4CK is for our community.

Brown Bagging has many people who volunteer to prepare healthy lunches for kids and deliver them to all the schools in Calgary; they have 700 volunteers every week! Some of these volunteers help prepare the 2000 lunches per day at their downtown kitchen and others work in different communities preparing more lunches. BB4CK started helping kids in 1990 and now works with over 225 schools around Calgary. They help elementary, junior high and high school students.

We wanted to know why Tanya was passionate about making sure kids have food to eat. She told us that she wanted to help kids to be the best they can be. The most important message she left us was that those lunches are “Made with Love!”

We wondered how much it costs to make a lunch for one child. When Tanya told us it costs $2, we thought that was not too bad. However, when you need to make 4400 lunches is clear that it costs a lot of money, required a lot of time and people to make that many lunches every day! She also shared with us that Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids counts with the support of approximately 218 community groups that prepare lunches every day.

Tanya talked about us using our head, heart, and hands to make a difference. When you think with your head, you are trying to understand the need. When you use your heart, you are using your feelings to care for others and you use your hands to take action.

After Tanya finished talking to us about BB4CK, we decorated small brown bags that the organization will use to pack the thank you cards they give to people who support the organization.. We worked very hard and used our best colouring to thank all these people.

Tanya said there are many ways we can take action to help others using our heads, our hearts, and our hands. Beo, Imaan, and Thomas in our class decided to package breakfast for some of the students at our school who do not have breakfast at home. Our whole class decorated lunch bags to help make their day brighter!

Thank you, Tanya, for teaching us that there are kids out there who do not have enough to eat when they go to school. Thank you for helping us to think about what we can do to take action to help others.”

The article was published in the school’s blog: http://schoolblogs.rockyview.ab.ca/awakeningpassions/?p=6567

 

Volunteer Spotlight

Krystle

It’s amazing what a simple Google search can lead to. In the fall of 2018, Krystle and a group of friends were interested in donating and helping non-profit groups around Calgary. She searched the ‘ol internet and came across BB4CK. Fast forward to today and Krystle is an active and dedicated volunteer, helping as a Kitchen floater or delivering bins to schools.

“I volunteer with BB4CK because it is a great cause,” says Krystle. “It feels good to be able to help kids.”

When we asked Krystle about her favourite part about volunteering with us she said:

“My favourite part of BB4CK is being part of a group that is passionate about children and helping them to succeed. It feels so good to be able to help in any way that helps kids”

We love how volunteers find themselves as being part of a whole community that works together to make sure that all Calgary kids have a healthy lunch on their plates.

Do you want to join this community? Click here to find out how!

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