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Celebrating our Volunteers :: Heather Binda, Core Kitchen Volunteer

Celebrating our Volunteers :: Heather Binda, Core Kitchen Volunteer

 

This week is National Volunteer Week (April 19th – 25th, 2020)! Join us as we celebrate the incredible people who choose to take time out of their lives to volunteer with us. To ALL of our volunteers – we thank you from the bottom of our hearts! 

 

Heather Binda – A BB4CK Core Kitchen Volunteer 

 

Heather is a Core Kitchen volunteer, and has been volunteering with BB4CK since November 2019. She has also volunteered in a number of other roles within BB4CK, making her a volunteer that wears many hats!             

Heather initially came to volunteer with her friend who owns Anytime Fitness Chaparral and Deer Ridge, who were volunteering as a corporate group. After her shift, she was surprised at the number of kids needing the lunches they had made. She is retired, and wanted to give back; this was something she could do to help.   

Heather says that her favourite part of volunteering in the kitchen is “knowing that kids will have lunch and be able to enjoy school and do well like all the rest.  It also helps that the other volunteers and the staff are so warm and welcoming. The kitchen is such a positive environment. 

We are so fortunate to have volunteers like Heather who are inspired to take meaningful action to help feed Calgary’s kids. We couldn’t do what we do, without you! 

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Celebrating our Volunteers :: Colette Henley, Delivery Driver

Celebrating our Volunteers :: Colette Henley, Delivery Driver

 

This week is National Volunteer Week (April 19th – 25th, 2020)! Join us as we celebrate the incredible people who choose to take time out of their lives to volunteer with us. To ALL of our volunteers – we thank you from the bottom of our hearts! 

 

Colette Henley – A BB4CK Volunteer Delivery Driver

 

Colette is a dedicated delivery driver for BB4CK, who started delivering in January of 2018 from our downtown kitchen, and has recently taken on a community delivery route in Northwest Calgary as well.  

She found out about BB4CK through a dear friend who had been volunteering with BB4CK for a few years. Laura Purdy died suddenly in a diving accident in September 2014. She was a remarkable person who volunteered her time with many organizations. In her memory, Colette decided to volunteer in one of the places she would be missed; so, in her honour, she began delivering for BB4CK. 

As a mother of two daughters, Colette understands the importance nutrition has over all aspects of their well being and now that they are grown, she has the time to help other families that might be struggling with food insecurity and to help ensure all children have that benefit as well.   

Colette says that what she loves about being a driver for BB4CK is “seeing the happy bustle of a school environment. The staff at the schools are always grateful and happy to see me, passing on their thanks for the work the whole Brown Bagging community does. For me it is a great and easy way to give back to a community that I raised my own children in and honor my friend Laura in the process. 

We are so fortunate to have volunteers like Colette who are inspired to take meaningful action to help feed Calgary’s kids. We couldn’t do what we do, without you! 

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What Coronavirus means for BB4CK and Calgary’s hungry kids

What Coronavirus means for BB4CK and Calgary’s hungry kids

 

With the arrival of Coronavirus in Calgary, BB4CK and our groups of volunteers are taking steps to ensure we stay safe and can continue to feed Calgary’s hungry kids.

We are taking the following steps to ensure the safety of our staff, volunteers and the kids we feed:

We are closely monitoring the situation and government response. We will provide updates to our community as required and ensure that we are keeping within Alberta Health Services guidelines.

We are reiterating our request that anyone, regardless of their symptoms, does not come to the Kitchen if they are feeling unwell.

We are implementing a 14 day working from home policy for all staff returning from travel outside of Canada, or staff who have come in contact with a person who has a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19. We are also asking volunteers to not come to the Kitchen if they meet this criteria.

We are re-evaluating and stepping up our sanitizing procedures in every space where lunches are made – this includes our downtown kitchen and our community groups.

We are washing our hands (a lot, all the time…), and refraining from physical contact (elbow bumps are great!).

The extended implications of the Coronavirus are unknown as yet, but as the problem spreads we expect that there will be greater pressure put on families to support and provide for their children. This will likely result in more, not fewer, hungry kids across our city, and we know that our community will step up to help and support these families over the coming months.

We are so grateful to have the support of our community, and we are thankful for the proactive nature of our staff and volunteers – together we can weather this storm and make sure no kids go hungry.

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No kids go hungry – SAIT Students Giving Back

No kids go hungry – SAIT Students Giving Back

 

BB4CK works with schools, community groups and volunteers to ensure that over 229 schools across Calgary are provided with lunch for hungry kids. Some of these schools are supported by incredible community groups – this is one of their stories:

SAIT Culinary Arts Association students are stepping up every week to provide delicious and nutritious lunches for our local #YYC kids. They volunteer for this every week, and are supported by SAIT, using their kitchen and facilities. Why? Here’s a few of their stories:

 

Laura, the lead of the SAIT Culinary Arts Association’s BB4CK Partnership:

“I got involved in BB4CK through the SAIT Culinary Arts Association. I had been looking for an opportunity for the students to get involved in the broader Calgary community throughout this school year. When Chef Andrew Hewson approached me about finding volunteers for BB4CK, I knew it would be the perfect fit for us. We already have the facilities and proper AHS licensing to produce food, and not only would we be doing service for the community, but this gives us a regularly scheduled event that is hugely beneficial to provide continuity for the Culinary Arts Association.

It is great to have the opportunity to cook for a diverse population and learn about what type of food is required for different purposes. Often, for extra-curricular cooking events, we make elevated fine-dining dishes. While these are fun to do sometimes, I believe there is significant value that comes from preparing simple, wholesome food that comes from the heart. This partnership proves to students that a meal can be as simple as a sandwich and a serving of vegetables and fruit and still meaningful and important to make.

Every time we make lunches for BB4CK, we always have an abundance of students wanting to help out, everyone has a fantastic time while they are in the kitchen, and they leave happier than when they arrived. Doing this kind of service not only feeds the community, but it feeds the souls of those who volunteer.

Put simply; I volunteer for BB4CK because I believe in the importance of strong communities and good food.”

 

Ashleigh, a regular SAIT Culinary Arts Association volunteer, and a previous recipient of some BB4CK love (and food)!

“Well I have had the opportunity to volunteer years ago at the downtown kitchen making sandwiches but what really drew me to doing this and joining in on this wonderful project was the support you guys give to Calgary as a whole. You guys fed me through high school at Westbrook Discovering Outreach while I was trying to graduate and it was the one thing that kept me going there to get work done.

I still believe to this day that the one important thing to make the world a better place is to give that support however it may be to the younger generations since they will be the ones to carry on. Connection and giving back are two things I really value. So giving back to you guys, the ones who helped me in a time of need, it’s only right to start here. And being giving the opportunity to start this with SAIT Baking has been a huge honour that I hope to continue into our 2nd year.”

 

Chloe, a regular SAIT Culinary Arts Association volunteer: 

“I started volunteering for BB4CK when my classmate; Ashleigh asked us if a few of us if we would like to help out make baked goods for lunches for kids that don’t have access to a proper lunch to get them through the day.

Volunteering with BB4CK reminds me of all the times I volunteered with Boys and Girls Club of Red Deer and District. Being able to work alongside other students in the Baking and Cooking programs that help out BB4CK is a wonderful experience. Helping BB4CK makes me feel happy and it feels great giving back to the community when its needed most.

 

Cecilia, a regular SAIT Culinary Arts Association volunteer: 

“I’ve always loved the part about baking where I get to see other peoples’ expressions when presented with baked goods.  The joy that can come from an unexpected gift is immense and incredible, and it fills my own heart with joy.  In the kitchen, it’s harder to see that expression on peoples’ faces, but I know they still get excited when they purchase their delicious desserts – it’s dessert after all!

Ashleigh asked for my help in volunteering for this organization, so I was helping her as a friend before I even knew what I was baking for.  It gives me joy to know that those cookies we’re making are going to BB4CK, an organization that will make less fortunate kids even more happy than my baking alone could do otherwise.  I hadn’t heard of this organization previously (as I mentioned before, I was originally doing this to help out Ashleigh), but I’m so glad to now be a part of it, making kids happy from behind the scenes in the kitchen.”

 

To everyone who volunteers with us (and bakes those delicious, delicious oatmeal cookies!!) thank you! You are truly working towards a future where no kids go hungry.

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No kids go hungry – Changing Lives

No kids go hungry – Changing Lives

 

BB4CK works with schools, community groups and volunteers to ensure that over 200 schools across Calgary are provided with lunch for hungry kids. These are some of our stories:

The lunches we provide to kids in need are so much more than a lunch. They are a tool for connection. They help to bridge gaps, build trust, and foster community and caring within our schools. Sam’s story is just one example of how a lunch can pave the path to a brighter future.

As a brand new high school in Calgary’s far SE neighbourhood of Seton, the staff at started their school year in September not knowing any of their students. Starting a school year with hundreds of new students was challenging for many different reasons. One main challenges staff faced was not knowing which students required support or how they could support those in need. 

Mary, a guidance counsellor in the School’s Student Success Centre, was quick to identify that some students were arriving to school without a lunch in their backpacks. Mary reached out to BB4CK and working together, we made sure that the school had the resources necessary to provide lunches to kids in need. The Student Success Centre started making lunches for hungry students and within a few months they were feeding over 20 kids. Slowly, the school staff were able to get to know these students on a more personal level. One particular student – Sam – became a daily visitor to the Student Success Centre. Sam was reserved and withdrawn, but she was always so appreciative and happy to be able to enjoy the food provided through the BB4CK lunch program.

As Sam grew to trust Mary and the other staff at the Student Success Centre, she started to open up. She quickly became a frequent visitor to Mary’s office, sometimes several times a day, and Mary and Sam developed a strong rapport. Mary came to learn that Sam required a lot of more support – not only did she have limited access to healthy meals at home, but she was dealing with social and emotional problems that were impacting her learning and self-confidence.

To get Sam more engage, Mary asked her if she would be willing to help with the lunch program. Sam was more than happy to help. Sam has been the school’s one consistent, reliable student volunteer – helping to make lunches for the majority of the second semester. Mary says, “it has been heartwarming to watch this student transition from a rather quiet, struggling student to an out-going, more confident individual who is more than willing to give back to her school”. Sam is working with Mary to deal with the barriers she faces, her belly is full, and she now has connection to a community that cares for her and that she can rely on.

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