November 20, 2017
Meet David and Chris, two friends and co-workers who each spend one early morning a week in the downtown BB4CK kitchen, sharing fun and laughter as they help prep lunch items for the day ahead.
In 2013, David first visited the BB4CK kitchen and turned that visit into four years of volunteering with us.
“I came in as part of a corporate group in October of 2013, loved the morning working in the kitchen, loved the program, so I emailed Wendy looking to come in regularly and have been coming in Thursday morning since. I’m a Thursday regular, I run the deli slicer holding court in the back of the kitchen. Slicing the cheese, turkey, and ham for the sandwiches, hundreds of slices a morning.
I was fortunate enough to always have a sandwich for lunch at school growing up, even sharing my lunch with classmates. It is very important to me that as many kids as possible don’t have to worry about where to get their next meal. BB4CK does a great job of getting as many sandwiches out to as many schools as possible.”
Favorite part about volunteering in the kitchen? Making some good friends, also receiving plenty of sass from the crew.
Favorite lunch as a child? Cold cut and cheese sandwich 🙂 Turkey through high school, honey ham in university.
Chris discovered BB4CK through our past Executive Director, Bob McInnis, and for the past three years, Chris has filled the BB4CK kitchen with his unique sense of humour as he helps us prepare for the day.
“I started volunteering because I worked with Dave and refused to be out-volunteered by him! I usually arrive to the kitchen 15 minutes late, DJ, make dad jokes, cut celery, unbag carrots, and wash apples on Wednesdays. I don’t make sandwiches because of my inferior mayonnaise schmearing skills. Then I bid adieu to everyone in a very dramatic way. There’s a good chance that having me there uses more resources than if I were to stay home.
I strongly believe that private charity and helping one another voluntarily is far more effective at fixing societal problems than any government program can be, it’s a core belief that I hold. Helping kids achieve their full potential is also a great way to help them succeed, and a good lunch is important to making that happen. There’s really no better way to achieve both those things than volunteering at, and donating to, BB4CK!”
Favorite part about volunteering in the kitchen? Being on the receiving end of a whole lot of sass from the Wednesday crew.
Favorite lunch as a child? A homemade BLT, yummm.
November 16, 2017
“The Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids program is much appreciated at our school! We are very grateful to be part of this service. The children cannot focus when they are hungry; this program is invaluable to our students that are impacted.
A few students at our school really rely on the lunches and snacks. One particular student is very shy and embarrassed to not have a lunch every day. Thanks to your lunches, he has a nutritious lunch and snack each day and can focus on school learning and activities. There are also parents that have expressed how much they appreciate it.
Overall, it is a very wonderful program that we very, very much appreciate. Thank you from all of us that see the impact you are making for our students and other schools around our city.”
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.
Kids Impacted Daily
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