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Lunch Program

We connect kids to food with the support of dedicated volunteers and impactful donations.

Food is LOVE, Food is CONNECTION, Food is COMMUNITY

We provide lunches to kids in schools.

We work with teachers and school staff to reduce barriers to food and ensure kids can access the food they need, when they need it.

We partner with schools to ensure lunches are delivered to kids with dignity and care, free of stigma, to foster connection and belonging.

BB4CK by the Numbers:

We partner with nearly 250 Calgary schools to deliver thousands of lunches to students.

We have more than 30 community kitchens across the city staffed by dedicated volunteers who prepare and deliver lunches to kids.

Every week, more than 600 individuals generously volunteer their time to prepare and deliver lunches to kids.

Each BB4CK lunch costs $3.50 to make and deliver with care.

Impact Story

Hi, my name is Kevin, I am a Calgary school teacher. Today, I want to tell you about Liam. Liam struggled for the first two years in high school. Teachers around him thought he was falling through the cracks. One day, a teacher, Ms. Anita, went and talked to him; Liam was very “short” about everything, cutting people off and always had a poor attitude at school. One day, Ms. Anita realized that he was missing a significant component in his life: food. So, she gave him lunch from one of our Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids bins, and then, that day, they came to my room, #133, and introduced him to me. Liam was tense and not interested in connecting. He said: “I am not poor, I don’t need your help.” I remember taking a deep breath before telling him, “I didn’t say that you were poor or that you needed my help. What I am saying is that if you need food, it is here.”, pointing at my cabinet and the bins.

After that introduction, he didn’t come by room #133 but was receiving food from the diverse learning teacher. Unfortunately, one day, Ms. Anita got sick from COVID-19, and Liam had to come and talk to me and ask for his lunch. I remember I was sitting on my desk, and I saw a hoodie by my door; Liam was staring at me. I walked over and handed him a lunch. He took it, and without saying a word, he ran off. That happened day after day, for weeks.

Suddenly, one week, it went from a kid running off to a kid staying for a few seconds to chat and ask questions. When Ms. Anita came back from isolation, she noticed a change in Liam. A change in his attitude. She asked me: “what’s up?” and I said: “he had to come by and ask for help. It was the first time in his life where he said to himself, “I need help,” and without having to write or justify his need for help, and because he had a safe place to go, not out in front of everyone, it changed him as he realized that we were not here to judge him, we were here to help him.”

After that, his life went on a huge climb up. His rapport with all the teachers became much better. We had a lovely student-teacher relationship, where we could joke around, and he would come to room #133 to chat and grab lunch. Liam was doing so much better; he was interacting with teachers at a very favorable rate.

And he graduated. He had the biggest smile on his face. I remember that day that he walked past me in the aisle, and he broke protocol and gave me a giant hug because he didn’t know any other way to communicate how grateful he was feeling. He just looked at me and grabbed on to me. And I didn’t do anything special. What I did was offer him food, crackers, a lunch. And that’s what was missing for him: food. And when he graduated, there were a lot of tears in “the house” because this was a kid that we were able to get back on a proper life path. And he is doing so much better because of it, because we had the resources, we had the food that he was missing, the food that he desperately needed.