June 19, 2017

Youth Taking Action to Feed Kids in Their Community!

In September of 2016, a group of 12 students at Juno Beach Academy started creating lunches for hungry teens at two neighbouring schools. Each week of this school year the students and staff at Juno Beach came together to create 50 lunches! The program coordinator, M.J., shares:

“The Returning Grade 12 program is a program for severely disabled 18 & 19 year olds who are not yet ready to transition to adult services. The focus of the program is to facilitate learning and preparation for life after high school.

The primary focus for students is to build skills in the areas of community engagement, transit skills, work readiness, life skills, communication and social interactions. Each student has a work experience in the community, supported by Vecova work coaches. In addition to travel training on city transit, the group practices work skills and life skills including making lunches for students in need.

The BB4CK program allows these young adults to learn how to make a sandwich, count veggies/snacks, learn about a nutritious lunch, proper food prep and hygiene, work in a group, follow directions, become competent and confident, be a leader, and feel good about giving back to our community.”

One volunteer, Alla, is a Syrian refugee who arrived in Calgary with his family about a year ago. “Alla has Down Syndrome and only spoke about 6-8 words of English at the beginning of the year. He quickly learned sign language from 3 of our deaf students. He can now express himself using English or sign language quite well. Through the BB4CK program, Alla has been exposed to different foods and knows how to make/pack a nutritious lunch. He is now always willing to try some new food. He enjoys making the lunches and is quite proud when he finishes a task.”

At our recent AGM, Kim from Vecova shared a presentation about how volunteering positively impacts Vecova students. View her presentation in the video below.

June 15, 2017

Spring #GiftALunch Campaign Recap

#GiftALunch Thank YouOver the last six weeks, May 1 to June 15, the BB4CK community has come together in a really remarkable way.

On May 1st, we shared that our community had received a challenge from our friends at the Prosser Charitable Foundation. For every gift that anyone made of $20 or more before June 15th, the Foundation would amplify it with an additional $200, up to a total of 300 gifts.

Since that time, our community came together in ways big and small. Kids had birthday parties and invited their friends to bring a donation; office teams held collections; people made their own donations online and invited others on their social media to do the same.

Together, our community surpassed the goal, with more than 300 people stepping up to make a gift to feed kids in our community. As a result, the Prosser Charitable Foundation will give a total of $60,000 to BB4CK. Add this to the contributions of more than $130,000 from our community, and together we have made an incredible impact for kids who would otherwise go to school without enough to eat.

Whether you gave $20, $100 or $1,000, your gift was amplified by $200 – and together with the gifts of so many others in our community, it makes a huge difference for kids in our city.

Together, we can do anything. Thank you for being part of the BB4CK community, and thank you for feeding kids!

To celebrate the conclusion of the spring #GiftALunch campaign, we were on Facebook Live! Check out the video here.

June 9, 2017

BB4CK Recipe: Cereal Bars

Adapted from a Martha Stewart Recipe, we love to make these cereal bars at the BB4CK Kitchen! Cereal Bars

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup honey

1/2 teaspoon salt

pinch of cinnamon

3 cups Cheerios

3/4 cup raisin

Line a baking pan with parchment paper or cooking spray.

Mix the butter, sugar, honey, salt, and cinnamon in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Continue to boil for 1 to 2 minutes, then remove from heat immediately.

Stir in the cereal and raisins. Pour the mixture into the lined/sprayed pan, and flatten with a spatula.

Let cool completely (about 30 minutes) and cut into squares. Enjoy!

May 30, 2017

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