May 22, 2018
Kitchen Coordinator Position – Temporary Maternity Leave coverage
Posting Closes: June 1st, 2018
Contract dates: June 25, 2018- June 28, 2019, with potential extension
Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids (BB4CK) is a grassroots, community-driven charity that provides opportunities for people to take meaningful action in their communities by providing lunch for kids who are hungry. We have a small staff team that empowers thousands of volunteers and community supporters each year to have a huge impact, feeding over 4,200 kids in 215 schools each day who would otherwise go without. BB4CK is agile, flexible, dynamic and continually changing to find opportunities to take meaningful action to build strong communities.
Working cohesively with the Kitchen team and our numerous core volunteers, the Kitchen Coordinator is a critical part of a committed, hardworking and fun team! The ideal candidate is a dynamic, energetic leader and facilitator. They will have a passion for educating and engaging others. They will schedule, train and support veteran and new volunteers; manage food and supply orders; stay current on Alberta Health and Safety Standards and ensure the overall health and wellness of this kitchen. This individual will work 35 hours per week, Monday – Fridays starting at 6:30 am.
Reporting to the Director of Kitchen Engagement, the Kitchen Coordinator is responsible to:
Engage, Train, Schedule, supervise, support, and inspire all kitchen volunteers
Meticulously maintain Alberta Health and Safety standards
Manage and budget all food and supplies needed for the kitchen
Create new and maintain existing food partnerships
Support volunteers working in community programs to have the resources they need
This position will require:
Passion for educating and engaging others
Stellar organizational and time management skills, thriving in a busy environment
Detail-oriented and able to track many moving parts
Energetic, engaging and able to quickly build rapport and connection
Ability to work independently and the love of working with a team
Certification or willingness to obtain in Alberta Food Safety Basics and First Aid/CPR
This description reflects the general responsibilities of this position and is not intended to be a detailed description of all duties that may be inherent in the position. Salary is competitive and full benefits are included.
If you are looking for a purpose-driven and compelling place to work, please email your cover letter and resume to Jan@bb4ck.org by June 1st, 2018.
We thank all applicants for their interest in BB4CK, however only those under consideration will be contacted.
Thank you for considering this opportunity!
May 7, 2018
“I have been a teacher for 21 years, teaching Kindergarten to Grade 6. There have always been tough times for my students and their families, but I have always been fortunate to have resources available to meet the immediate needs. Life has changed a lot in those 21 years, and I unfortunately witnessed one of the hardest moments ever in my teaching career.
It was a Thursday after school when I saw his mom outside waiting for her boys. Looking sullen, defeated and just done, she called me over to talk. “I won’t be sending the boys to school tomorrow. I don’t have any food to send them for snack or lunch. I’m sorry. I know they need to be here. I just don’t have the energy to walk them here.”
I didn’t know what to say. How do you express to a mom that you understand when you have no idea what it is like not to be able to feed your children? I told her to trust me, that I would get food for her boys to eat at school tomorrow, and we would have food to send home for them too. Not knowing her well as it was only the first month of school, I hoped she could see my sincerity and concern and know I would not let her down. She hesitantly agreed.
I put out an all call to our staff asking for an overnight food drive for this family. My next step was contacting Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids to make sure this never happened again. They immediately responded and within a few short days, had food arriving at our school for students in need.
The behaviour of this particular student changed dramatically within two days! He went from a boy who could not focus and cried every day to a boy who was smiling, playing with friends, and getting work done! Every day he knew he could go upstairs to get food and never had to be hungry again. His mom contacted me about a week after Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids started at our school, thanking me for making sure her boys were never hungry.
I later found out that their mom was not eating at all in order for her three boys at home to have enough food. It was only when she literally ran out of all food sources did she finally admit that she could not feed her family. I’m so thankful that she found the courage to ask for help and the bravery to accept the help.
Thank you Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids and all your donors for recognizing the need we have in our schools – you have truly made a difference!”
May 3, 2018
We’re sitting in the entrance hallway of the BB4CK kitchen after Val and Lisa have returned from their route delivering lunches. They’re both dressed in blue and match the Loud Art Society mural behind them wonderfully, “it’s so colourful here, it’s one of the things that first drew us in” remarks Val as Lisa agrees and adds, “there is a special energy as you walk down this hallway, and it just opens up into the kitchen. It’s lovely.” The two women share how that feeling was one of the things they remember about first visiting the kitchen during Doors Open YYC last September – that and the black bean brownies.
Val and Lisa have known each other for 25-ish years and started volunteering together delivering lunches last fall. “Our husbands are best friends” Val shares, “with our children being out and on their own Lisa and I really felt we suddenly had too much time on our hands. We wanted something to do that was socially conscious, we wanted to volunteer and quite honestly we didn’t know who to go to.” The two discovered Mealshare and through them, learned more about BB4CK.
“We talked about volunteering for quite some time and here it just felt right to the core. The little amount of time it takes to go deliver lunches and the reciprocal feeling of giving is really a gift for us. It is such a kind gift,” says Lisa. Val jumps in, adding, “it’s like when the Grinch feels his heart grow three sizes that day, every day,” the duo erupts into joyful laughter that fills the hallway, “That’s what we get from it. You feel it in your heart!”
Not only do Val and Lisa deliver lunches each week, they have made their volunteer time a social event and introduced many of their friends to BB4CK and delivering lunches. “We live in separate quadrants of the city, so we could go months without actually seeing each other and now I get the pleasure of getting to see Val every single Tuesday. It’s something I really look forward to,” says Lisa as Val nods her head in agreement, “we get to catch up each week and chat as we drive all over the city. We have about an hour of driving together,” shares Val.
“I’ve got a really great community of women around me and I think that it’s really important to share your experience. Awareness is everything, people may not know about BB4CK or Mealshare and it’s about getting the word out,” says Val. The group now bring a number of friends volunteering with them and always end their morning off by going out for lunch together to a new Mealshare restaurant every Tuesday, “it’s become very festive, very familiar.” Establishing that familiarity through friends can play a large part in breaking down any barriers a new volunteer may feel. “Sometimes when I want to go do something I get stopped by an overwhelming feeling of unfamiliarity, a little bit of hesitation, and a little bit of just not knowing where to help or go. Once Val got to know Mealshare and we connected at Doors Open, BB4CK became familiar and any hesitation disappeared since it was Val and I volunteering together. Donating your time is one thing, and wrapping you head around it, but implementing and executing it is the next step and it really makes it easy knowing I was with my friend. Once its familiar you’re just like c’mon guys, let’s all do this!” shares Lisa. “Exactly! You don’t know why everyone isn’t volunteering. I always felt I was so busy, now I feel like this is absolutely part of our routine,” adds Val.
“Volunteering to drive lunches is such a small part and small amount of time yet the gift that it gives back is so exponential and it touches many lives. It is a gift that provides so many lessons too. You can be downstairs waiting for the lunches, and they are a little late and you might find yourself thinking that you’d like to hurry up and get going. Then you go upstairs to the kitchen and you see everything that happened before you to get those lunches to your car and you realize that you’re part of something way bigger. It really helps you put things in perspective. This is a community thing, people are making these lunches with love. People are coming together in the community and this love is being bagged and boxed and it’s going out to the kids.” shares Lisa. “When I drop lunches off at a school, I put the bin on a desk and that might be all I am seeing, however there are lots of lunches in that bin providing for so many children who we don’t get to see and that’s part of the story. You do not visually have to see that. You just know.”
“We’re feeding hungry kids. That’s huge. That impacts you. I’ve never felt hunger, and my children haven’t, and it’s been a big eye-opener to an issue that I didn’t even know existed in our city, and it’s so prevalent. It’s so worth it to be involved in feeding hungry kids. Give it a shot, it’s a small commitment with a big impact. We can all volunteer for something like this,” urges Val, “the more you give back, the happier you are!”
Learn more about becoming a volunteer driver here!
May 2, 2018
North Hill Mazda has been supporting BB4CK by delivering lunches to Calgary kids since September of 2016. Leading the cause at North Hill is Lindsey Allen, who after learning about BB4CK through social media in 2015 was determined to get herself and her team involved. “I was really curious about BB4CK and volunteered in the kitchen in the spring of 2016. I knew right there and then that I wanted to get work involved. It took a while to figure out what we were going to do, then we heard you needed drivers and we were like “Ah ha! That’s how we can do it!” This is super easy for us. We’ve got cars.”
Each Thursday morning the members of the North Hill team drive into the BB4CK parking garage and load up a Mazda from their dealership with bins of sandwiches, fruits, veggies, and snacks for hungry Calgary kids. “It’s so easy to help. I come in early to work to do this; I quickly go grab a car and head over to BB4CK. I pull up at BB4CK, get the lunches, then drive through downtown and hit the first school (usually the same school). I go in, say hello to the office staff, switch the bins, put the empty bin in the car and continue on to the next school. We typically visit five more schools, it is usually pretty quick and everyone is grateful. We drive back to the kitchen, unload the empty bins, visit with the kitchen staff and it’s a really good time. I think it’s only like 30 km every week for us, which is not much,” says Lindsey. The kilometers have begun to help tell the story of North Hill Mazda’s volunteer experience. With each week’s route, North Hill shares great photos and videos on social media with the hashtag #KmsForBB4CK.
“The fact that some kids go without food pulls on our heartstrings – knowing the outcome of us delivering lunches, going into the schools, being physically in their world, seeing the kids, and thinking maybe that kid right there is going to get the lunch you dropped off, that’s huge,” says Lindsey.
“We support Ronald McDonald House and Kids Up Front as well and when I bring our GM causes like this, he’s like “How can we help? What do you need?” At North Hill Mazda, we try not to be your standard auto dealer. We try to be very much in the community, we’re associated with so many children’s charities because it resonates with us and it’s where we want to put our energy. We are completely committed to being in the community and helping to build the community,“ Lindsay shares. “With BB4CK, it’s hungry kids. The impact stories we hear, the change in kids, are exactly why we do this.”
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