January 26, 2018
Calgary Flames forward Sam Bennett, in partnership with Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids and the Calgary Flames Foundation, has launched a wonderful new initiative to help ensure every Calgary child has a lunch at school.
This past November, Bennett aligned with BB4CK as an official ambassador and with the Calgary Flames Foundation, donated $70,000 to help feed and care for kids in our city!
Through March 31st, Bennett is on a mission with his #SamFeedsKids campaign to raise awareness and funds for 25,000 lunches for kids in our city. Calgarians can donate to Sam’s campaign by visiting calgaryflames.com/samfeedskids and have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets to win various Flames prizes. The first raffle is for the chance to win 2 tickets to the April 7, 2018 Flames game and a Meet & Greet with Sam Bennett. Additional chances to win will also be available on social media by using the hashtag #SamFeedsKids.
On the #SamFeedsKids launch day, Bennett joined us in the kitchen with some young hockey players to prepare lunches and talk about the 25,000 lunch goal. Check out the CTV story here and Bennett talking about the campaign on Fan 960 here.
December 28, 2017
“Our school’s BB4CK program supports a 10-year-old boy named Aiden*, who I have had the pleasure of working with for the last 4 years. Being a School Administrator I have a little more of an inside scoop to the families who really need and benefit from the lunches we get from Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids.
Aiden struggles a little, especially because I know there are struggles with food at home, and every day he comes for a morning snack, afternoon snack, and gets lunches from the school. It is amazing to see how much more he can focus when he is not hungry and how much his behaviour and attitude changes once he enjoys a snack and/or a sandwich from the lunchroom.
Aiden’s favourite sandwich is turkey, but he will switch it up to ham or pea butter and jam here and there. Aiden also really enjoys the different fruits and vegetables he gets to snack on as well, and the odd treat! Aiden said his favourite thing about Brown Bagging is that the lunches help him stay full which helps him focus, but at the same time they are healthy and make him feel good overall.
We are so grateful to have Brown Bagging lunches at the school because Aiden is not the only one that feels this way. Our students benefit greatly from these lunches and I can tell the families are also thankful their children are fed and have a healthy lunch when they may not be able to.”
December 20, 2017
“Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the kindness and generosity all of you provide to our families. From the wonderful lunches and snacks to the kind delivery staff, everyone is fantastic! We depend on your help and you always go above and beyond. Thank you!
Brown Bagging helps some of our school’s families on a daily basis as well as our families who may just need the help every now and then. We are also able to provide the hungry students with a healthy snack for recess in the morning thanks to Brown Bagging. A grade 5 student who loves to get a cheese and turkey sandwich shared with us that, “we cannot afford to have sandwiches like this at home.” Another grade 5 student let us know that without lunch from the office he would go home for lunch and not eat. This same student is very happy to have a wonderful sandwich and healthy snacks each and every day.
A few years ago when we acquired our LEAD program, which is our Syrian refugee families, our need went way up. Without Brown Bagging’s help, these children would not have had a lunch at all or maybe something quite small. As an example, one of the grade 4 students has grown to love your tuna sandwiches! Another grade 4 student who likes to only eat healthy is thrilled to always be able to get some vegetables and fruit!
The yogurt tubes pretty much jump off the counter and run straight to the children by themselves!!
Please know how very much Brown Bagging is appreciated. We are a very lucky school.”
December 7, 2017
Meet Louise and Jessica, two of our fantastic volunteers who help make and deliver lunches to kids across our city.
Last September, Louise began volunteering as a driver, delivering lunches to schools, up to 3 times per week. Occasionally you can find Louise volunteering her time in the kitchen as well!
“Several years ago a BB4CK spokesperson came to my former place of work and told us about the organization, and our social committee decided to volunteer as a team-building session. More recently, after facing a job layoff, I knew I wanted to start volunteering but was unsure for which organization. That very same day, BB4CK was featured on a 6pm news program and the bulb lit up – this was the organization for me!
I believe children (and seniors for that matter) are the most vulnerable of our citizens and the thought of a child going hungry distresses me for all the known reasons. I certainly cannot save every child, but this is a little bit I can do to help. It makes me feel good to be able to give my time to such a good cause. It is a good use of my spare time and makes me feel like I am contributing to society and to a good cause. In addition, I love the people involved in this organization, they are outgoing positive people with big hearts and are always so appreciative of each other, their volunteers, and of course, they are passionate about the children they are helping.”
Favorite lunch as a child? The first one that comes to mind was my mom’s homemade beef barley soup – it was more like a stew – it was full of vegetables (although I probably did not realize it at the time) and yummy beef and chewy barley, just a great combo.
Jessica began volunteering in August of 2016 once a week. Then two days a week, and now volunteers at our downtown kitchen three mornings each week.
“My role varies with the day and the people I am volunteering with. I arrive around 6:30am and help clean and set up the kitchen for the daily lunch making. After this, I slice the meat and cheese, set out the sandwich buns, or make the tuna and/or egg salads.
In August of 2016, there was a news story that came out of Ohio where a young boy was trying to sell his teddy bear so that he could buy food. The story broke my heart. Up until that point, my schedule did not allow much flexibility to commit to a volunteer position and I simply donated money instead of time. However, something about this story hit closer to home. While I appreciate that organizations still need funding, they also need people to volunteer their time to help grow these types of programs and reach as many people in need as possible. My volunteer orientation was scheduled within 48 hours and I arrived in the kitchen the following week; I have never been happier to donate my time to such a wonderful organization and cause.
The people are my absolute favourite part about volunteering in the BB4CK kitchen! I have met some wonderful people who are fun to get the day started with, stories and laughter – almost better than coffee! I have been blessed to meet such generous, caring, and inspiring people!”
Favorite lunch as a child? A simple black forest ham with mustard is all my heart wanted. Of course, as a kid, I couldn’t resist the Gushers that usually accompanied the healthier options!
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