October 28, 2013

Poppy Time

It’s poppy time again and this year it is more important than ever to support our Veteran’s food banks.

The impact of the 2013 floods is still being felt throughout the city. We here at BB4CK have noticed an increase in schools accessing our program and are therefore, feeding many more kids. In September alone 8 schools were added and we began feeding 100 new kids.

It isn’t just BB4CK noticing the impact. It isn’t just Calgary’s kids struggling to access the food they need.The Calgary Veteran’s food bank is running dangerously low. Their shelves were depleted during the floods due to their own support of those in need and many Calgarians choosing to donate elsewhere during the crisis.

Many Veteran’s rely on these foodbanks to ensure they have the food in their homes for their families.

Calgarians have shown their incredible resiliency and desire to come together as a community this Summer. Here is another opportunity to show this wonderful city spirit .Let’s help stock these shelves with much needed food! When you see those poppy stands please donate what you can. Every little bit makes a difference and can provide some much needed food to those who have worked so hard to keep Canadians safe.

CTV coverage of the Veteran’s food bank

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Melissa Cooney-Burk

Executive Connector, BB4CK

October 16, 2013

Mayor Nenshi Visits the BB4CK Office


Here is part of the BB4CK team. (from left to right) Melissa, Alex, Wendy, Naheed Nenshi, and Tanya.

What a great event to have the new face of our offices officially opened by Mayor Nenshi! We  are proud to be part of the Old Y/ Community Wise community!

Thank you MayorNenshi for your wise words that,” true impact in our city happens in spite of non-profits!”  We believe its the community that will make the difference by building capacity and simply caring for each other.

October 3, 2013

Beyond the Classroom

Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids is known for the healthy lunches that we make and deliver to Calgary schools.  But did you know that we also run other programs that are helping to create long lasting social change?

Our Food Access Van (FAV) is one such program.  It began as a pilot project in the summer of 2012 where we would take fresh fruits and veggies out to the community and sell them on a pay-what-you-can basis. The program drew inspiration from the Panera Cares Community Café.  If you don’t know about Panera Community Café I urge you to read more here:

We are now entering into our second year of FAV and want to shift the concept from something that we run ourselves to a portable program that we can help support in the community.  If you are interested in getting together a group of like-minded volunteers to run Food Access at your school, community centre, or place of worship then we would love to hear from you.  Contact to find out more.

Together we can help tackle food insecurity in Calgary and make it our problem!


Alexandra Weaver


October 2, 2013

Community Coordinator – Mat leave

Role Summary

Brown Bagging it for Calgary’s Kids Society (BB4CK) works in partnership with the Calgary Board of Education, the Calgary Separate School District and community based initiatives to deliver lunches to school children who would otherwise go without.

The role of the Community Coordinator is to support the Executive Connector in all the community-based initiatives and to lead the Food Access Van program.  

Administrative Duties

Main point of contact for portion of community groups and Food Access Van

Field phone calls and emails for community communication

Community Impact Partner- build connections and opportunities for community groups and nurture existing ones

Work with Executive Connector and Volunteer & Administration Coordinator for building the community groups

Follow up with community groups, provide resources, info, best practices and funding as required

Support communication goals (website posting support)

Measure success of community programs and the impact of the kids being fed

Proper tracking of community funding etc.

Collection of data/ research

Any other duties that may be required

Logistic and Deliveries

Pick up all supplies needed for both the Kitchen and the Food Access Van (FAV)

Develop and foster all relationship with suppliers (all pick up suppliers)

Work with Kitchen Supervisor and Internal Logistics Coordinator to manage all        orders to ensure that supply levels are accurate (FAV supplies and community related inventory.)

Operate and maintain the fleet of vehicles

Any other duties that may be required


Communicate clearly and interact with community partners, volunteers, food suppliers, co-workers & the general public in a courteous, professional manner as required.

Recruit, motivate, train and support volunteers through training and everyday interactions

Help with all food preparation

Any other duties that may be required


Desired Qualities

Creative thinker who can contribute new ideas and approaches to the organization

Detail oriented with a high level of organizational and time management skills

Comfortable carrying out tasks independently

An active and inquisitive learner

A proactive and motivated self-starter

Ability to work in a flexible work environment, both independently and as part of a team

Good communication and ability to create relationships

Ability to lift and move 30 lbs with ease and agility

Driver’s license with a clean driving record

Key Assets

Prior nonprofit experience is highly desirable and will be considered an asset

Knowledge of educational systems and procedures

Ability to work independently with little supervision while remaining accountable to theExecutive Director

If you are interested please contact Tanya Koshowski at or 403.874.7971

Only successful candidates will be contacted.

Help a child

No matter how big or small your contribution, each dollar you donate will provide lunch for a hungry child.

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This year…


Kids Impacted Daily


People Volunteering Weekly


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