Meet three of our wonderful volunteers taking action to feed and care for hungry kids in our city – Nicole, Denis, and Tony. Nicole started volunteering with BB4CK about three years ago, and has inspired her family and friends to help feed kids too!
Nicole – “I started following BB4CK on Facebook after getting involved with Mealshare. BB4CK shared a post requesting volunteer drivers so I signed up and instantly loved it. I started coordinating volunteers in the kitchen for Mealshare 2 years ago and have loved being involved and getting to know all the fabulous people that volunteer and want to do good for the kids of Calgary. It truly is a wonderful community to be part of. My favourite part of delivering lunches is knowing that this small act could be changing a kid’s circumstance. Food insecurity can create many other problems that will affect the outcome of a child’s life. That’s why I love when I see “lunch is love”. Also, selfishly, I love it because it makes me feel good. It’s very easy to get wrapped up in our own life bubble and be a bit oblivious to what’s going on around us. It’s impossible to feel bad about yourself when you are doing something good for someone else.”
Denis – “One day my daughter Nicole asked if I would be interested in coming with her to deliver lunches for BB4CK. She had been volunteering for this organization and others for some time. I had recently retired and thought this would be a good opportunity to help, and keep me off the couch. She filled me in on the tremendous need and off we went. I was amazed at how many lunches and how many volunteers are required every day. I have been trying to deliver lunches twice a week ever since. Where it really hit home, about the need for BB4CK, is one day I delivered to a high school and a young fellow greeted me at the lunch room door, took the lunch box, said thank you and immediately opened it and grabbed a sandwich. I got in my car had a few moments to myself and carried on. If anyone is looking for some fulfillment in their retirement this is the program.”
Tony – “I found out about BB4CK from my wife and her friendship with Nicole. Having retired a year and a half ago, I was looking for an organization that I could dedicate some time to and what better than BB4CK to help ensure all students have a nourishing lunch to help in their learning process. Up until I started my volunteer driver position, I had no idea that this organization existed. I’m happy to be able to help ensure that lunches get to the schools. I was flabbergasted that it has become necessary to provide the number of lunches BB4CK does on a weekly basis to ensure every student has adequate nourishment to continue to learn. The most fulfilling part of delivering is the heartfelt thanks you receive from the school staff when the bins are delivered and of course the interaction with the other volunteers and staff.”