February 6, 2018
Calgary, your actions make it possible to feed and care for 4,200 kids each school day, who would otherwise go without a healthy lunch.
Need in our city for healthy lunches and supplemental lunch items at school continues to grow, and your contributions of time, talent, and funds help ensure there are no hungry kids in our city.
The BB4CK community is impacting 1,000 more children each school day than we were in January 2017. Over the last two years, the number of children requiring lunches and supplemental items has increased by 45%.
These children have the food they need because of YOU – our incredible community. You take action to help ensure no child in our city goes hungry at lunchtime and we are grateful and inspired by your continued support.
Volunteers create lunches in our downtown kitchen and in community kitchens across the city; 57% of the 215 schools we care for are supported by volunteers making lunches in their own community, and last year, you contributed nearly $1.3 million to make all this possible.
January 26, 2018
Calgary Flames forward Sam Bennett, in partnership with Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids and the Calgary Flames Foundation, has launched a wonderful new initiative to help ensure every Calgary child has a lunch at school.
This past November, Bennett aligned with BB4CK as an official ambassador and with the Calgary Flames Foundation, donated $70,000 to help feed and care for kids in our city!
Through March 31st, Bennett is on a mission with his #SamFeedsKids campaign to raise awareness and funds for 25,000 lunches for kids in our city. Calgarians can donate to Sam’s campaign by visiting calgaryflames.com/samfeedskids and have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets to win various Flames prizes. The first raffle is for the chance to win 2 tickets to the April 7, 2018 Flames game and a Meet & Greet with Sam Bennett. Additional chances to win will also be available on social media by using the hashtag #SamFeedsKids.
On the #SamFeedsKids launch day, Bennett joined us in the kitchen with some young hockey players to prepare lunches and talk about the 25,000 lunch goal. Check out the CTV story here and Bennett talking about the campaign on Fan 960 here.
December 28, 2017
“Our school’s BB4CK program supports a 10-year-old boy named Aiden*, who I have had the pleasure of working with for the last 4 years. Being a School Administrator I have a little more of an inside scoop to the families who really need and benefit from the lunches we get from Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids.
Aiden struggles a little, especially because I know there are struggles with food at home, and every day he comes for a morning snack, afternoon snack, and gets lunches from the school. It is amazing to see how much more he can focus when he is not hungry and how much his behaviour and attitude changes once he enjoys a snack and/or a sandwich from the lunchroom.
Aiden’s favourite sandwich is turkey, but he will switch it up to ham or pea butter and jam here and there. Aiden also really enjoys the different fruits and vegetables he gets to snack on as well, and the odd treat! Aiden said his favourite thing about Brown Bagging is that the lunches help him stay full which helps him focus, but at the same time they are healthy and make him feel good overall.
We are so grateful to have Brown Bagging lunches at the school because Aiden is not the only one that feels this way. Our students benefit greatly from these lunches and I can tell the families are also thankful their children are fed and have a healthy lunch when they may not be able to.”
December 20, 2017
“Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the kindness and generosity all of you provide to our families. From the wonderful lunches and snacks to the kind delivery staff, everyone is fantastic! We depend on your help and you always go above and beyond. Thank you!
Brown Bagging helps some of our school’s families on a daily basis as well as our families who may just need the help every now and then. We are also able to provide the hungry students with a healthy snack for recess in the morning thanks to Brown Bagging. A grade 5 student who loves to get a cheese and turkey sandwich shared with us that, “we cannot afford to have sandwiches like this at home.” Another grade 5 student let us know that without lunch from the office he would go home for lunch and not eat. This same student is very happy to have a wonderful sandwich and healthy snacks each and every day.
A few years ago when we acquired our LEAD program, which is our Syrian refugee families, our need went way up. Without Brown Bagging’s help, these children would not have had a lunch at all or maybe something quite small. As an example, one of the grade 4 students has grown to love your tuna sandwiches! Another grade 4 student who likes to only eat healthy is thrilled to always be able to get some vegetables and fruit!
The yogurt tubes pretty much jump off the counter and run straight to the children by themselves!!
Please know how very much Brown Bagging is appreciated. We are a very lucky school.”
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