The power of a sandwich exceeds its most basic function. Not only can a sandwich fill a tummy and satisfy hunger; a sandwich can demonstrate love and comfort, emphasize trust and safety, nurture understanding and caring and encourage community and empowerment.
At BB4CK we see the evidence of this in everything we do. The power of a sandwich is most apparent when we see and hear about the impact that it has on the life of a child and those who care for and support this child.
The following story comes from a BB4CK lunch program administrator at a SE Calgary elementary school:
“Our school has a male student in Gr. 5 who has two younger sisters that also attend our school. When they started here, the boy would hang around the office in the hall area every lunch hour. He was very quiet and I was never able to strike up a conversation with him. Soon I put it together; he was watching me hand out full or part lunches. I noticed he never ate anything. After a couple of weeks, the boy came into the office and hung around my desk, but always said he wasn’t hungry. Finally, he would accept the smallest snack, but that was it. Then he began to trust me and see we didn’t judge these hungry children. Through conversation I learned that whatever food his mom (a single parent) has goes to his two younger sisters. I checked for a week and the girls had somewhat of a lunch (which Brown Bagging now supplements). This boy now feels comfortable and safe to come for food. Now instead of hanging in the hall not eating and not talking, he is social, trusting and fed. Even though our students are young, they still come with fears of telling people there is no food at home. We work at making it safe and normal for us to give out food.”