November 9, 2016

Lunch is Love… Story from a Grade 12 Student

HS Lunch Is LoveBB4CK 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

October Volunteer Spotlight

Ken and KariMeet 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

October 21, 2016

BB4CK Recipe: No Bake Energy Bites

No Bake Energy Bites are quickly becoming a most requested recipe at the kitchen!

To try them out for yourself, mix:No Bake Energy Bites

2 Cups Rolled Oats

1 Cup Chocolate Chips

1 Cup Pea Butter

1 Cup Oat Bran

2/3 Cup Honey

1 Teaspoon Vanilla

together in a bowl. Roll into bite sized balls. Let set in fridge or freezer. Eat and enjoy!

September 13, 2016

Lunch Is Love… Story from a Northeast School

The following story comes from a Vice Principal at a NE Calgary Elementary/Junior High School:

“The Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids lunch program has been available to students for several years at our K-9 school. There are students who arrive at the school with little or no breakfast or snack or lunch. The school, through volunteers and the support of the school staff and programs such as Breakfast Clubs of Canada, The Boys and Girls Clubs FANS program, and Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids lunch program, provides wholesome food for the students to support them in their learning.

The Brown Bagging lunches are sought after by students of all ages.Lunch Is Love

One student of whom I am aware is a small, shy junior high school student who is reluctant to speak in class or with her classmates. She has had poor attendance in the past and does not seek out a lunch for herself out of embarrassment of her family’s financial situation. She struggles with her own self-image in which she identifies as needing to be trim, fit and thin. The school staff have advocated for her and ensure she has something to eat each day. She is beginning to select some food at noon hour by herself when she feels safe to do so. She has the opportunity to sit with a staff member and is beginning to recognize her own strengths and is becoming more aware of the need to provide fuel for her body each day. Her emerging maturity and confidence has grown in part by recognizing her own value and dignity and by nurturing and advocating for herself.

Her attendance and grades in school have improved during the past year and she has begun to talk of her aspirations for future learning and to be able to do things for herself.  Having access to a noon meal each day ensures that she is a given consistent support to grow emotionally and physically and to participate fully in her community.”

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