March 3, 2016
“Start small. Even one lunch makes a difference.”
Last year, the management team of Summit Kids, an innovative out-of-school care program, was exploring new ways to make a difference in their community. When they learned about Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids they embraced the opportunity to start making lunches for kids in our city who would otherwise go without.
Led by Summit Kids’ Inspiration Architect, Chad Fawcett, the volunteer group meets at the West Hillhurst Community Association (WHCA) to serve 3 schools and create 100 lunches each week. Chad, the program’s champion, runs and promotes the program and recruits new volunteers from both inside and outside the organization. “We’ve really made it a community initiative, something that we didn’t realize would happen when we first started. It was just us, it was just going to be an in-house thing and now it’s really great when I look at our volunteer schedule” shares Nancy Klensch, Creator of Summit Kids.
Upon sharing their story with their ATB branch, branch staff inquired how they could be involved and have been volunteering ever since. WHCA staff and members of the community have become involved through their community association and have taken part in rolling up their sleeves to make lunches. “Every couple of weeks a group comes in and bakes. At Christmas time we made sugar cookies and the kids in our Summit Kids program here decorated the cookies” Klensch shares, “It was a true community contribution. All the cookies that went out in the lunches were decorated with lots of love from our kindergarten kids.”
The schools have shared positive feedback with their group. “They really do see a difference” Klensch says “It all fits in academically and socially, one lunch makes a huge difference. It even goes beyond primary hunger. It’s a huge reason to do what we do.”
Klensch does the grocery shopping on Sundays and loves the opportunity to educate other people about their program. “Standing in the grocery check out line is the perfect opportunity to educate people” explains Klensch. “When people see 14 loaves of bread, 40 apples, 40 oranges and all of the groceries they always kind of look at you and go, “what are you doing?””
Klensch’s piece of advice for those interested in starting a community group? “Start small, that’s ok. You can start by joining a group like ours, coming in once a month and just learning and seeing if this is something for you. It is never too small.” “Hopefully we’ll just keep getting bigger and better and helping more and one day we won’t have hungry kids.”
Find out how you can create a community group to make lunches for students in your neighbourhood.
February 28, 2016
Temporary Kitchen Supervisor (Maternity leave coverage) May 2, 2016- June 30, 2017
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 2,900 kids in 190 schools each day that 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 Operations Coordinator & Lead Driver, the Kitchen Supervisor is a critical part of a committed, hardworking and fun team! The ideal candidate is a dynamic, energetic leader and facilitator. They will schedule, train and support veteran and new volunteers; manage food and supply orders; lead in preparing food and clean up; stay current on Alberta Health and Safety Standards and ensure the overall health and wellness of this kitchen. This individual will work 30 hours per week, Monday – Thursdays starting at 6:30am.
Reporting to the Operations Coordinator, the Temporary Kitchen Supervisor is responsible to:
Schedule, supervise, support, train, inspire and engage all kitchen volunteers
Meticulously maintain Alberta Health and Safety standards
Manage and budget all food and supplies needed for the kitchen
Support volunteers working in community programs to have the resources they need
This position will require:
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 in Alberta Food Safety Basics and First Aid/CPR (required)
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.
If you are looking for a purpose driven and compelling place to work, please email your cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 22, 2016.
We thank all applicants for their interest in BB4CK, however only those under consideration will be contacted.
Thank you for considering this opportunity!
February 25, 2016
There are so many amazing ways that Calgarians help feed kids! Throughout the month of February, Reaction Fitness and some of its partners and members have been raising awareness and funds for BB4CK through their #Calories4Kids initiative!
January 18, 2016
Since 2008 West Island College has been involved with Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids, running a volunteer lunch making program through their Peer Support group. Each Monday, the staff lunch room is filled with Peer Support group volunteers from grades 7 to 12 who share part of their lunch break making sandwiches for kids who would otherwise go without. The lunches are delivered to Radisson Park School by Grade 10 CALM students, where some of the Grade 10 students also volunteer as Big Brothers and Big Sisters. The Peer Support group students help to raise funds to purchase groceries for the lunches by making and selling handmade cards.
Leading the volunteers are grade 12 students Aleena and Sam, the group’s facilitators who have been making lunches since they were in grade 7. The BB4CK program at West Island College was run by student Christie Chalifoux when Aleena and Sam began volunteering to make lunches. When Chalifoux graduated Aleena and Sam jumped at the chance to lead the group together, “we enjoyed volunteering so much we really wanted to take over the program” said Sam.
Throughout grade 10 Sam and Aleena learned all about managing the group and by grade 11 they were organizing and leading the volunteers. In addition to organizing the program Aleena and Sam do all the grocery shopping for the lunches. As they prepare for graduation and studying Health Sciences at University, Aleena and Sam have recruited and begun training two students to run the program next year. The duo credit their volunteer experience as a great learning opportunity, “we have learned so much about leadership, teamwork and communication” says Aleena, “creating a lunch program like this is easy to facilitate and organize, and there are so many things to learn from it.”
Aleena and Sam understand and emphasize the impact hunger has on learning; “education is so important, the role that lunches provide, having meals, it’s so significant” Aleena says. “You know that these lunches are going to a child, knowing you are feeding kids, making a difference” Sam added, “we both like that this is a very measurable, tangible contribution. We see directly where the lunches are going. Feeding kids is important.”
Would you like to create a similar BB4CK program at your school? See more info here.
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