May 29, 2018

BB4CK Recipe: Apple and Cheese Biscuits

These Apple and Cheese Biscuits are a staple at our kitchen! We love baking these – to try them for yourself you will need:

1 3/4 Cups Whole wheat flour

4 Teaspoons  Baking powder

1 Tablespoon White sugar

1/2 Teaspoon Salt

1/4 Cup Hard butter, cut in cubes

1 Cup Grated cheddar cheese

1 Cup Grated apple

3/4 Cups  Milk

Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl.

Cut in butter with a pastry blender or two knives.

Add grated cheese to mixture and blend thoroughly.

Add grated apple to mixture and blend thoroughly.

Add milk gradually and stir to make a soft biscuit dough.

Drop by heaping tablespoon onto prepared cookie sheets (line with foil & spray with baking spray).

Bake at 425°F for about 10 minutes-until bumpy bits are golden brown.


As adapted from this Canadian Living recipe.

May 22, 2018

Come Work With Us!

Kitchen Coordinator Position – Temporary Maternity Leave coverage

Posting Closes: June 1st, 2018

Contract dates: June 25, 2018- June 28, 2019, with potential extension

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 4,200 kids in 215 schools each day who 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 Kitchen team and our numerous core volunteers, the Kitchen Coordinator is a critical part of a committed, hardworking and fun team!  The ideal candidate is a dynamic, energetic leader and facilitator. They will have a passion for educating and engaging others. They will schedule, train and support veteran and new volunteers; manage food and supply orders; stay current on Alberta Health and Safety Standards and ensure the overall health and wellness of this kitchen. This individual will work 35 hours per week, Monday – Fridays starting at 6:30 am.

Reporting to the Director of Kitchen Engagement, the Kitchen Coordinator is responsible to:

Engage, Train, Schedule, supervise, support, and inspire all kitchen volunteers
Meticulously maintain Alberta Health and Safety standards
Manage and budget all food and supplies needed for the kitchen
Create new and maintain existing food partnerships
Support volunteers working in community programs to have the resources they need

This position will require:

Passion for educating and engaging others
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 or willingness to obtain in Alberta Food Safety Basics and First Aid/CPR

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. Salary is competitive and full benefits are included.

If you are looking for a purpose-driven and compelling place to work, please email your cover letter and resume to by June 1st, 2018.

We thank all applicants for their interest in BB4CK, however only those under consideration will be contacted.

Thank you for considering this opportunity!

May 17, 2018

Sophie’s Story


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Sophie is one of the kids who you buy lunch for. Sophie now receives lunch every day from the BB4CK Kitchen, made and delivered by a volunteer.

Sophie is 9 years old. She’s small for her age, the smallest in her class, and has long blonde hair. She’s a great reader, and struggles a little bit in math. Sophie’s favourite game at recess is tag.

Last Tuesday, before Sophie walked to school, she opened the fridge one last time – hoping to see more than the wrinkled apple she’d shoved in her bag earlier. It was empty. As she walked through the school doors, her friends yelling around her, Sophie tried to ignore the hunger pangs.

Outside for morning recess, everyone played tag – but Sophie sat on the grass, watching. She was too tired to play today, having not eaten since lunch yesterday.

It might surprise you that Sophie could be hungry at a school in Calgary – but it’s true.

The truth is, there are thousands of hungry kids right here in our city. Every day, 4,200 kids in Calgary go to school without a healthy lunch. With your help, every one of them will continue to get the food they need, made by a volunteer and delivered right to their school. You can help feed them by making a donation right now.

When the lunch bell rang on Tuesday, Sophie pulled that old wrinkled apple out of her backpack. She took a bite, making sure to enjoy every morsel – and her teacher noticed. “Hey, Sophie. Would you like a turkey sandwich to go with that apple? And maybe some carrot sticks, and a granola bar?”

The food that Sophie ate that day, and will eat every day that she needs it, will be purchased with money from donors like you. Your gift will be used by volunteers to make healthy lunches and to fill Sophie’s stomach. In fact, your support will ensure healthy lunches are available at school for Sophie any time she needs it. She’ll get that food from a teacher she trusts, and it will have the energy to focus and learn with a full stomach.

Will you help feed Sophie and other kids like her? You will make sure she has the healthy, filling lunch she needs to learn, grow and play – like every 3rd grader should be able to.

$1 helps provide a healthy lunch for a hungry child. Any donation you make will help.

Please click here to make a gift and feed hungry kids today.

May 7, 2018

Lunch Is Love… Story from a N.E. Elementary School

“I have been a teacher for 21 years, teaching Kindergarten to Grade 6.  There have always been tough times for my students and their families, but I have always been fortunate to have resources available to meet the immediate needs.  Life has changed a lot in those 21 years, and I unfortunately witnessed one of the hardest moments ever in my teaching career.

It was a Thursday after school when I saw his mom outside waiting for her boys.  Looking sullen, defeated and just done, she called me over to talk.  “I won’t be sending the boys to school tomorrow.  I don’t have any food to send them for snack or lunch.  I’m sorry.  I know they need to be here. I just don’t have the energy to walk them here.”

I didn’t know what to say. How do you express to a mom that you understand when you have no idea what it is like not to be able to feed your children?  I told her to trust me, that I would get food for her boys to eat at school tomorrow, and we would have food to send home for them too.  Not knowing her well as it was only the first month of school, I hoped she could see my sincerity and concern and know I would not let her down. She hesitantly agreed.

I put out an all call to our staff asking for an overnight food drive for this family.  My next step was contacting Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids to make sure this never happened again. They immediately responded and within a few short days, had food arriving at our school for students in need.

The behaviour of this particular student changed dramatically within two days!  He went from a boy who could not focus and cried every day to a boy who was smiling, playing with friends, and getting work done!  Every day he knew he could go upstairs to get food and never had to be hungry again.  His mom contacted me about a week after Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids started at our school, thanking me for making sure her boys were never hungry.

I later found out that their mom was not eating at all in order for her three boys at home to have enough food.  It was only when she literally ran out of all food sources did she finally admit that she could not feed her family.  I’m so thankful that she found the courage to ask for help and the bravery to accept the help.

Thank you Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids and all your donors for recognizing the need we have in our schools – you have truly made a difference!”

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