October 29, 2017
Our incredible kitchen volunteers made these fantastic Jack-O’-Lantern rice krispie treats for Halloween!
To try them for yourself, use your favourite rice krispie treat recipe and add red and yellow liquid food dye to the mix to create a great orange colour for your pumpkins. Roll your rice krispie treats into balls and use mini raisins or chocolate chips to make your Jack-O’-Lantern’s face, add celery for the pumpkin stem and you have some delicious pumpkin treats!
October 12, 2017
Calgary, you are taking action to help ensure that all children in our city are fed and cared for and we are grateful.
3,800 kids are currently impacted each school day by the BB4CK Community.
Last fall, we started the school year impacting 3,200 kids each school day and over the last year, the number of children requiring lunches and supplemental items has increased by nearly 20%. Over the last two years, the number of kids BB4CK impacts has increased by over 50%.
We are able to meet this growing need thanks to our incredible community. As the number of children in need has increased, our city has taken action to help ensure there are no hungry kids in Calgary. Volunteers share their time at our downtown kitchen and in community kitchen across the city, making lunches. Community kitchens care for 58% of the approx. 200 schools we currently care for.
Volunteers deliver lunches with their own vehicles and Calgarians raise funds, snacks/supplies, and awareness through events, fundraisers, celebrations, and more.
September 29, 2017
Our amazing volunteers made these delicious Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookies for this week’s lunches! What a hit!
To try them out yourself you will need:
½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened
½ cup brown sugar
¼ cup sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¾ cup all purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
1½ cup quick oats
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a mixing bowl add butter, brown sugar, sugar, egg, and vanilla and stir together. Add flour and baking soda and mix. Add oats and stir until well combined. Add in chocolate chips and mix again!
3. Scoop into 1″ balls and place on greased cookie sheet.
4. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the cookie edges start to turn a light golden brown.
August 29, 2017
Your support changes lives! Check out Kendra’s* letter below to learn how BB4CK lunches have made an impact in her life:
Dear Brown Bagging Team,
I don’t even know where to begin expressing my appreciation towards you for filling my belly when needed and for you taking the time to coordinate for us so that we do have the chance to eat. My name is Kendra, I am 18 years old and live in a small two bedroom basement suite with not only myself but my 15 year old brother and two other males. In the last two weeks I’ve accessed other food resources five days a week trying to feed myself and three other people. I am on social assistance, although that can only go so far.
I’ve been searching for a job for almost five months now so I am able to provide for myself and the others, but it seems to be taking quite some time to get hired. I go to school full time trying to complete my high school diploma so that maybe one day I will go to SAIT. The only source of income I make is from social services. If I was not attending school full time my income would be cut and I would be living at the Drop-In Centre struggling more than ever.
Anyways, my point is that you have allowed me to regenerate off the food that you have given to us. Every Monday I am always so happy to come to school just for the food. It’s so amazing to have people such as yourself helping young people like myself, giving my school food so that my brain can function during the day and giving me the chance to come closer and closer to accomplishing my education goal. More importantly, eating at lunchtime gives us a break to sit and for all of us to be together.
Kids Impacted Daily
People Volunteering Weekly
Partners and Donors