December 5, 2016
Our Early Bird volunteers join us in the kitchen Monday to Thursday mornings between 7 and 9 am to assist in preparing for the lunch-making that will occur that day. Volunteers might be making tuna or egg salad sandwich fillings, slicing meat and cheese, cleaning and prepping the tables, pre-packing the lunch bins or getting a head start on sandwiches! Two of our incredible Early Bird volunteers are Tania and Keanan and we are happy to feature what they shared about their volunteer experience with BB4CK:
“Keanan and I help make lunches on Wednesday mornings! We try to come in every Wednesday from 7-9am to help, our duties are usually setting up the tables with bread and all the items to make sandwiches, and then actually making the meat and cheese sandwiches! It’s a ton of fun and it’s been the same group of core volunteers for a while so it’s a comforting environment to be in. The music in the background adds to the fun as well!
We have volunteered with BB4CK for just over a year now, we both moved here from Toronto for jobs and thought it would be nice to give back when we can. When we moved here we researched volunteer organizations in Calgary, and this one really stood out. It shows sometimes how sheltered you can be – we really didn’t even know there were children going to school without lunches. It hurts your heart when you learn about something like this and it’s only natural to want to help. This is such an important cause and it helps to know we can make a difference in a small way. There is no one more deserving of our time than children in need.
The core volunteers on Wednesday mornings are so much fun and there’s music playing and lots of people working to help out. Everyone is so committed and it shows you how important it is to all of us. We were surprised to learn that we actually really like making sandwiches!!! It’s so different than our day jobs and most of the regular volunteers have been around a while so it’s like a big happy family. We joke and laugh a lot and it’s our favourite part about Wednesdays!”
November 16, 2016
This holiday season, give a heartfelt gift to the people in your life while making a difference in the lives of Calgary kids. Share a gift that enables a child to be hungry for learning, not food; a gift that brings energy, self-confidence and freedom—delivered each school day in a lunch bag.
We invite you to explore our holiday gifts — a selection of items that can be purchased by donation to honour the special people in your life. Will you provide lunches to a child for a month? Startup supplies for a new community group feeding kids? There are many different opportunities to give.
Your holiday shopping can be completed in one easy step, and will have a life-changing impact for kids in Calgary.
After you choose your gift, you’ll receive a holiday e-card to share with your gift recipient explaining how the gift helps to ensure that Calgary kids who would otherwise go without will receive healthy lunches at school.
Take a peek at our holiday gift page and get a head start on your holiday shopping here.
Your generosity will make a wonderful gift, both for someone you care about and for a child in Calgary. Thank you for helping to feed and care for Calgary kids!
November 9, 2016
BB4CK lunches are provided to children and youth across our city, from kindergarten to grade 12. A student in N.E Calgary who is currently working toward completing their high school diploma recently shared the impact a lunch has on their life:
“I would like to personally thank you for the generosity and hard work you have done for the sake of students at my school. Many of the students use the resources you have given to us every day. Some may not have been able to come to school with a full stomach, but now they can work to their fullest potential. Often times some of the students will even bring home some food to help their household. The incredible impact you make to all the students here really makes a supportive environment for our school. Often times I myself would only have one meal a day because I never had a resource to eat breakfast or lunch. But now I have the energy to get through the day and do the work in order to graduate and get my diploma. Thank you again for the amazing difference you made for all of us.”
October 25, 2016
Meet Kari and Ken, two of our amazing delivery driver volunteers who deliver lunches to children in schools across our city. When we asked Kari about her experience volunteering with BB4CK she shared this wonderful story:
“When I was a girl growing up in Winnipeg, my Mom worked at a hospital across the city, but my Dad worked nearby, at St. Boniface City Hall. Every day Dad would come home on his lunch hour, make a meal for my little sister and I, then drive us back to school. There was this kid in my class, Douglas.
He was the kind of boy my Dad would notice. He was the kind of boy my Dad would watch. “That kid,” he asked me one day, “what’s his name?” The next day when Dad came to pick me up for lunch, he got out of the car. He carried a brown paper bag to the spot near the doors where Douglas generally sat. He crouched down so he could be eye to eye, and he talked to Douglas while my sister and I waited, impatiently, in the car. Then he gave Douglas the brown paper bag. My Dad did that same thing on many days, for the rest of that school year. The next summer we moved to Calgary. I never saw Douglas again, but I haven’t forgotten him. I haven’t forgotten how important it was to my Dad that Douglas, a boy he didn’t really know, have a sandwich and an apple and a couple of home baked cookies.
When I learned about BB4CK, I knew it was a good fit for me. For nearly a year now my husband Ken and I have delivered Brown Bag lunches. It’s an opportunity to work as a team, and to spend time together. We’ve established a delivery routine, rituals of a sort. Ken has his tasks, and I have mine. We have fun, and occasionally we get to see a part of the city we’ve never been to. But in the end, BB4CK is about kids like Douglas.
I do believe it’s a wonderful world, and like my Dad, I realize there’s a lot of work to be done… and it’s not going to do itself.” – Kari Strutt
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