December 14, 2016
Searching for wonderful gifts to share with your friends and family this year? Some of our awesome friends are helping to feed and care for Calgary kids with some great items and experiences:
#GiftALunch! Give a gift in honour of a loved one that will change the life of a child in our city. $20 provides one child with lunch for a month, $60 purchases jam for sandwiches for one week, $120 purchases ham for ham and cheese sandwiches for two days, and $200 provides start-up supplies to a new group of volunteers in the community. You can give a gift in any amount you choose, every dollar helps ensure every Calgary child has a healthy lunch at school!
When visiting J.Webb Wine Merchant Ltd. at the Calgary Farmer’s Market location check out their Squashing Hunger collaboration with Trolley 5! $1.00 from every howler and $2.00 from every growler of Charlie Brown Pumpkin Beer is donated to BB4CK.
When out for a meal check the menu for Mealshare items! When a customer orders a Mealshare item, they get their meal, and also help provide one meal to a youth in need! Find the full list of Calgary Mealshare Partner restaurants here.
Get your tickets for PlateSwap! On January 20, 2017 top chefs from around the world come together to create interpretations of each others’ signature dishes with event proceeds benefiting BB4CK! Tickets at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.”
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