November 26, 2014

What is a sandwich?


For each newsletter, Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids asks a Calgarian the question, “What is a sandwich?”

Monika Jones is a Sales Consultant at Chartwell Eau Claire Care Residence, an assisted living facility a couple of blocks south of the Peace Bridge. Since March 2014, four or five of the facility’s residents have gathered twice a week to make sandwiches and pack fruit and veggies through the Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids program. They make and deliver 94 lunches to the Discovering Choices High School outreach program downtown and Crescent Heights High School. This is Jones’s answer to the question, “What is a sandwich?”

“A sandwich is purpose.”

Monika: “I got feedback from Discovering Choices High School outreach program, one of the schools that we help and deliver to. The feedback was that the students can tell that the lunches that we’re bringing— that they’re made with love.

“And that just warmed my heart because in making those sandwiches every week, I know what that means to the residents here. It brings back memories of when they made lunch for their own kids, and for the residents who help with the program—most of them are women—it’s from love. They feel like they’re making a sandwich for their own child.

“For the residents, the lunches give them a sense of purpose. They have the ability to give back to their community, and a good reason to get up in the morning. They feel that they can still participate in things, that they can give back and make a difference.”

November 24, 2014

Lunch Is Love


The holidays are (almost) here. To celebrate, Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids has launched our first-ever holiday gift campaign. We invite you to give a truly thoughtful gift this year—nutritious lunches for hungry children in our city, who would otherwise go without.

The gifts

A BB4CK gift can be large enough for a corporate or family effort, or small enough for a child to make a meaningful contribution—and there are many options in between

• $20 feeds one child for one month.

• $200 feeds one child for a full school year.

• $2,000 feeds all the hungry children in Calgary’s schools for one day.

• $3,000 feeds all the hungry children in an average Calgary school for a year.

The spirit of the season

Right now, many Calgarians are thinking about gifts and exploring meaningful ways to give. We wanted to give people the chance to make an immediate difference in the quality of a local child’s life, and to involve their family and friends in that act.

How it helps

Our goal is simple: No hungry kids in Calgary. Our method is simple too—making and delivering nutritious lunches to children who need them. We believe simple, consistent actions can improve lives, strengthen communities and have lasting social impact. Choose a BB4CK gift this season, and express your love in a way that makes our city just a little bit better. Then, join the conversation on social media: #BrownBag4xmas

Happy holidays from all of us at Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids!

October 21, 2014

Powerful Team Joins Forces to Help Students

Holy Trinity School students Alondra Segovia-Garcia, left, Desmond Rutherford and Kevin Abiles are joined by Calgary Board of Education Chief Supt. David Stevenson, city police Chief Rick Hanson and Calgary Catholic School District Chief Supt. Gary Strother during the launch of the Integrated School Support Project on  Sept. 18, 2014.

There’s strength in numbers — and when those numbers add up to support students and their families, the results can be powerful indeed.

Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids has joined with 16 other community and government organizations in the Integrated School Support Project, or ISSP. Currently being piloted at Patrick Airlie School and Holy Trinity School, both located in the southeast community of Forest Lawn, the ISSP focuses a wide range of resources and people to create a supportive environment — one in which children can succeed both academically and socially, says Calgary Police Chief Rick Hanson, one of the prime movers behind the project.

“The only way this could have happened was through the support of many partners,” Hanson says. “The fact that this vast amount of resources has come together so quickly is a testament to how eager people and organizations are to help.”

The ISSP approach brings together nutrition, fitness, mental health, tutoring, a positive police presence and more. For BB4CK — which was already providing lunches in the two schools — it’s a privilege to be part of a team that shares a belief in helping kids be the best they can be.

“As a city we are extremely blessed with groups of people who are willing, when they see a need, to pull together and do something about it,” says BB4CK Community Coordinator Jill Birch. “Our mission is to work with Calgary schools to identify kids who are hungry and find ways to feed them. So you can see why that lines up for us. We really want to be part of a lasting social impact on these kids’ lives, and the lives of those who support them.”

Although BB4CK is just one component of the ISSP, its contribution is key, Hanson says.

“The impact of proper nutrition on a child’s learning is strongly supported by research. BB4CK has been instrumental in bringing attention to the need of proper nutrition in schools. By providing food for those kids who have nothing to eat, they help ensure that a major barrier to success is removed.”

For more information on the ISSP and a full list of partner organizations, click here.



October 21, 2014

Matching Campaign Doubles Down


Imagine if every dollar you donated to help feed hungry kids in Calgary suddenly became $2.

That’s exactly what’s happening, right now through Nov. 15, during the BB4CK Matching Gift Challenge thanks to the generosity of the Prosser Foundation.

“This is a great opportunity for people to see their donations in action,” says Kathy Prosser, who along with her husband Eric created the foundation in 2002 to support charities in the areas of education, poverty relief and helping children and youth.

Every dollar donated to Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids will be matched by the Prosser Foundation, up to $60,000 — for a grand total of $120,000 raised. With each lunch provided by BB4CK costing about $1, that’s a lot of kids who won’t go hungry in our city.

“The funding allows us to give kids the opportunity to be the best they can be,” says BB4CK executive director Tanya Koshowski.

More than just making and delivering lunch from its central kitchen, BB4CK looks to decentralize the process, and the extra funding is a boost toward that goal.

“(These) funds allow us to provide grocery gift cards to schools and community groups to provide lunches for their own kids in need, and their neighbours,” explains Melissa Cooney-Burk, executive connector with BB4CK.

For Prosser, choosing Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids as a beneficiary was easy. “It works,” she says. “For $1, I’ll feed a kid and he’ll do better at school. That, for me, is the essence of it — there’s a direct link.”

For more information on the BB4CK Matching Gift Challenge, watch the video on our home page at

To learn more about the Prosser Charitable Foundation, click here.

To donate to BB4CK, click here.



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