April 29, 2014

BB4CK honoured by ‘Calgary’s Child’ publisher


Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids was honoured recently by an organization that works hard to promote the importance of healthy kids and strong communities. BB4CK has received a Calgary’s Child Magazine Publisher’s Award of Distinction, a top honour that’s part of the magazine’s Parents’ Choice Awards.

“We have been very, very impressed with this organization’s work for many years,” says Calgary’s Child founder and publisher Ellen Percival.

While the bulk of the Parents’ Choice Award recipients are selected via voting by readers of the popular bimonthly magazine, the Publisher’s Awards of Distinction are determined by Percival herself. The awards recognize organizations that encourage, educate and empower families in Calgary.

“Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids is grassroots — filling empty tummies is very important and direct,” Percival says. “We’ve heard so much from recipients and from schools about what a difference it has made, and is continuing to make. Our kids are our future, and when their needs are met our community is stronger.”

BB4CK executive director Tanya Koshowski says recognition from somebody whose work focuses on connecting with families is an honour.

“Ellen knows the heartbeat of Calgary families,” Koshowski says. “She knows her audience. Some of them are families who need us, and some are families who have helped us. So this says a lot about our reputation. It’s very meaningful, and we are humbled.”

The award belongs to all the people across the city who work every day in schools and community groups as well as the BB4CK kitchen to make the program effective — to feed hungry kids in Calgary schools so they can be healthy, learn and build a better future for themselves and the community, she says.

The award was presented April 29 during a luncheon ceremony at Heritage Park. Winners and honourees were named in more than 45 categories. Read the full list here.

BB4CK was in highly respected company in receiving the 2014 Publisher’s Award of Distinction — fellow recipients were Inn From the Cold and the Calgary Food Bank.

Founded in 1994, Calgary’s Child is celebrating its 20th year of publication. Visit its website.

April 29, 2014

8 simple ways you can help right now

Helping to feed hungry kids is something everyone can do. Here’s how you can be part of the solution.

1. Help us achieve our goal: “No hungry kids in Calgary.” Start the conversation today by asking the principal(s) of your local school(s) if they are aware of BB4CK and if they see a need.

2. Partner with BB4CK and help us toward sustainability. We want to ensure we are able to feed all hungry kids. Each dollar provides one healthy lunch for one child.

3. Advocate for your company or group to be a part of feeding Calgary’s kids. Volunteer together in our kitchen or sponsor a week of lunches.

4. Ask your kids if they know anyone who doesn’t have enough to eat. Help them connect their school with BB4CK. Join us in feeding that child and other hungry kids.

5. Learn about the businesses and organizations that support BB4CK. Thank them for helping to feed hungry kids. Let their actions inspire your own ideas to help.

6. Be a part of the direct act of feeding kids. Volunteer as a driver to deliver lunches to schools.

7. Join our BB4CK family by liking Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids on Facebook and following us on Twitter.

8. Forward the BB4CK Food For Thought newsletter to your network of friends.

April 14, 2014

Well-fed kids…

 …tend to be sick less often:

• Fewer Hospitalizations: Food-insecure kids are 31% more likely to have been hospitalized since birth than children growing up in food-secure households. [Child Food Insecurity: The Economic Impact on Our Nation]

• Fewer Headaches, Stomachaches: Kids who don’t get enough to eat are “significantly more likely to have poorer health status and to experience more frequent stomachaches and headaches than food-sufficient children.” [National Institutes of Health (NIH)]

• Fewer Colds: Preschool children without enough to eat tend to have more frequent colds. [National Institutes of Health (NIH)]

April 4, 2014

Shared Vision – No Hungry Kids

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