January 18, 2016
When 8-year-old Anaya discovered there are children in Calgary who do not get lunch every day she was inspired to take action! Instead of gifts for her birthday Anaya asked for donations to Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids – donations that fill a tummy with a healthy lunch, allowing a child to focus on learning and fun instead of hunger. Anaya continued to find ways to feed kids by sharing her experience of volunteering and fundraising for BB4CK with others and selling Christmas cookies. Anaya is joined by an impressive number of Calgary kids taking action to raise awareness about childhood hunger and provide lunches to students.
Creative New Ways To Inspire Social Change
In 2015, BB4CK received donations from over 20 birthdays, helping to provide hundreds of lunches for kids! Our city is buzzing with the activity of young people who are spreading the word about hunger in Calgary and finding creative new ways to inspire social change. Gifting lunches with birthday dollars, organizing snack drives, snack making parties, presentations, sales of garden veggies and volunteering in the BB4CK kitchen – the youth of Calgary are generously sharing their time, talents and funds to help ensure none of their peers go hungry.
We are so inspired by the generosity, enthusiasm and support of these passionate change-makers, using their heads, hearts and hands to help kids in their communities!
November 25, 2015
This year, BB4CK has been honoured to be selected as one of the 14 charities that the Calgary Herald’s Christmas Fund will support. The Herald’s Mike Bell recently visited the Kitchen, and tells the story about that experience here.
November 6, 2015
On the lower level of Bishop Grandin High School is the Diverse Learning classroom, which serves as a learning space and a retreat for students in that program. Their teachers are devoted to these students and know them well. They can talk about everything from the kids’ academic needs and daily schedules to their personal lives—but what emerges again and again is these students’ capacity for kindness.
Two Diverse Learning students, Nicholas, 18, and Zack, 15, are devoted to helping peers. Each day, the boys help to pack and distribute lunches to students who would otherwise go without.
The program is a collaboration between Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids, the diverse learning students, the guidance office, homeroom teachers and the school’s Culinary Arts Program. It also depends on word-of-mouth. “Students bring their peers here,” says Nicholas and Zack’s teacher. “It’s a very safe place [the students] have created.”
The students’ participation is integrated with the Alberta curriculum as a component of the Health and Life Skills program of study. To prepare and provide lunches, maintain high hygiene standards and account for allergies is no small responsibility.
Some Diverse Learning students are also taking Culinary Arts, a program run by chef Scott, who spent more than twenty years in professional kitchens before pursuing his teaching degree. When he arrived at the school five years ago, he oversaw the installation of a commercial kitchen just up the hall from the Diverse Learning classroom.
Scott’s students, dressed in chef’s whites, plan menus, calculate margins, prepare meals from scratch and sell them each day in the cafeteria. They also help to prepare the brown bag lunches that Nicholas and Zack distribute.
Bishop Grandin teachers have been cooperating to provide meals for students since Scott arrived at the school five years ago and learned there were students in need. “When they’re thinking about their stomachs they’re not thinking about school,” he says.
The Diverse Learning teachers say they make a connection with every student who accesses the lunch program, and every student says thank you. “It’s not a free lunch, it’s a provided lunch. It’s an entirely different relationship from saying, ‘Let me buy you lunch.’”
Making lunches provides an excellent learning opportunity and necessary community-support, but to Nicholas the benefits are more personal. “It feels good to help someone who doesn’t have a lunch.”
November 6, 2015
Once made, how do lunches travel from the BB4CK kitchen to Calgary kids? Find out in our new video! Follow a sandwich as it is created and packed by volunteers in our kitchen then delivered to a Calgary school. Cathy, our Lead Driver, shares a morning delivering lunches from the kitchen to kids across our city.
Would you like to help deliver lunches? Learn more about volunteering with us!
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