Meet Joanne, a donor making a difference in the lives of Calgary kids:
“As a former food writer, child safety instructor, and literacy advocate, I have long been aware the situation for Calgary’s children is far from equitable. When I first got involved with BB4CK back around 2005, I was semi-retired and it was a time I looked to support projects and programs that do the practical daily work of setting things right – as best as possible. BB4CK fit the bill for my goals, then and now. Originally I delivered the big boxes of lunches to the schools with my husband and since then, have contributed through financial support. Frankly, it’s the least I can do.
I grew up in a time – yep, way back in the 50s – when our moms expected us home everyday for lunch.
BB4CK, today, does what those ‘mom’ lunches did for kids back then – fill hollow legs, refuel bodies, fire up brains for more schoolwork, and make kids feel deeply cared for.
One of the Lunch Bag Art thank you’s I saw at the BB4CK kitchen and another I received from a young student said simply: Lunch = Love. Couldn’t have put it better!
That’s what BB4CK means to me and why I’m in for the long haul.” – Joanne
Meet our two newest kitchen team members, Christa and Sam, our wonderful Kitchen Coordinators!
“I started as a volunteer in March 2018 and fell in love with Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids. I was looking for a volunteer opportunity and came across a friend on social media that brought his company into the BB4CK kitchen. I thought to myself WOW, that looks like a great spot to volunteer, and sent an email to BB4CK that same day!
To know that I make a difference in these children’s and young adults lives provides me with an overwhelming sense of well-being. These children who otherwise would not get lunches are provided a nutritious lunch allowing them to feel full, a sense of belonging, and one less thing to worry about in their day to day life. The kitchen is a fun, positive environment, and we all collaborate to ensure we are providing the best lunches possible to Calgary kids. My favorite part about the kitchen is all the wonderful volunteers; they take the time out from their days and donate it to make lunches. The kitchen is a fantastic way to give back to the community as well as make friends.”
Christa’s favorite lunch as a child – Back when avocados were not popular I loved an avocado and tomato sandwich with mayo, salt and pepper. I also enjoyed sliced apple with cheese. These still remain my FAVES!
“Prior to the amazing opportunity of working for Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids, I volunteered at BB4CK for a year and a half. I first found out about BB4CK when I met BB4CK’s Executive Director, Tanya, during a group interview for Dote Magazine’s “Girls Who Give” SS17 Editorial.
After learning more about the vision and mission of BB4CK, I knew in my heart that I wanted to help and be a part of BB4CK in some way. It was absolutely heart breaking for me to know that there were so many children in our city that went hungry each day, but it had brought me such joy knowing that in doing my little part in volunteering on the days that I could at BB4CK, I too was making such an impact and difference in fulfilling the need to feed hungry kids in Calgary. My favourite part about BB4CK is the feeling of family and purpose. I am always inspired and motivated by my co-workers and volunteers every day.
Sam’s favorite lunch as a child – My mum’s Chicken Salad sandwiches
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? 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.
Working cohesively with the Director of Kitchen Engagement and our awesome Kitchen team, the Distribution Coordinator is an integral part of a committed, hardworking and fun team! This position is a 3 month contract with the possibility of extension. This individual will work 16 hours per week, Monday-Thursday from approximately 8:00am-12:00pm.
The Distribution Coordinator ensures the organization of food leaving the kitchen, delivery drivers and delivery routes.
A typical day for you in the role of Distribution Coordinator will include the following key responsibilities:
- Coordinate the packing of lunches (this includes training volunteers to run the packing table and transport duties independently)
- Coordinate and organize volunteer drivers
- Plan delivery routes and schedule drivers
- Work with Operations Coordinator to coordinate the distribution of additional food supports from kitchen to schools
- Deliver lunches when necessary
- Support Kitchen Operation needs and duties as needed (includes prepping lunches, organizing workspace, etc.)
This opportunity might be for you if you:
- Have the ability to organize, plan and coordinate
- Are solution-focused, resourceful, able to quickly build rapport and connection
- Strong communication skills
- Sees challenges as an opportunity
- Like to take initiative, be pro-active and make things happen
- Extremely passionate about non-profit organizations, and in particular about serving kids and families
- Experience in a small environment and wearing many hats is beneficial
BB4CK offers competitive compensation. Salary/wage 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 firstname.lastname@example.org by March 15, 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.
*This posting is now closed
Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids is seeking the right person to join our Board of Directors. We believe strongly in empowering communities to take meaningful action to feed and care for kids. We are looking for someone who is passionate, forward thinking, and prepared to re-imagine how we create communities that make sure all kids are fed.
Experience in the areas of fund development and/or risk management would be an asset. However, all members of the board are expected to support, participate, and access their networks in support of BB4CK.
Please read the full role description here.
For more information, please contact Lyndsey at Lyndsey@bb4ck.org
Their school principal shares, “I have the privilege of seeing first-hand the rewards of everyone’s generosity. Being able to tell a parent not to worry about providing a lunch for their child and seeing the relief that brings to them. Seeing happy children looking forward to lunchtime knowing they are getting a lunch that was especially made for them. Staff that know that their students perform and focus better on a full stomach and get along better with others. I really appreciate the partnership we have with BB4CK and the support you give to our students and their families. We have had an amazing relationship with BB4CK over my years as the principal at our school. The staff and volunteers we have worked with through BB4CK have been so accommodating and are always cheerful and thoughtful. This year we have between 12-15 children receiving lunches each day.”
The NW elementary’s Lunchroom Supervisor shares a story of the impact a lunch has on one of their students, “There have been at least 3 children getting lunches for years. I do not know their situation for getting the lunches. They pick what they want and I find that one boy usually takes everything! Sometimes, I find that he is wanting more but does not ask. I walk past him and he is scraping the bowl several times even though there is nothing left. If there is extra, I ask him if he would like more. I’m sure all the children are appreciative of the lunches, but I feel that this boy is more so.”
A mother of two boys receiving lunches at this school shared, “since coming to this school, I feel comfortable. I feel good that my kids are provided for. I pray for the school and for those who make the lunches. They are amazing! God bless them all for feeding my children. I have no milk, no bread, but my kids have lunches!”
The care and compassion of the lunches extends far beyond the walls of the school. The stories from this school show the impact you make in your community when you take action to support kids. Feed kids today by visiting bb4ck.org/donate-now.