Research undeniably supports a link between nutrition and healthy growth and development in children and youth. Children who eat regular, healthy meals do better in school, are sick less often and form healthier relationships with their peers. At Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids, we want to provide youth not just with a meal, but also with essential nutrients to allow them to learn and be active. In doing so, we help to eliminate hunger in Calgary’s schools and provide a chance for at-risk youth to successfully complete their education.
We believe that the problem of child hunger can be solved. We believe that families and communities can care for their children and ensure that no child goes hungry. We are here to walk alongside communities, schools and families as we all work to ensure that no child is missed and that all are cared for in a meaningful way.
Our funders support us because they trust that we will be wise stewards. Most funders provide us with donations to be used “in the area of greatest need” and trust us to use it wisely. We, in turn, trust our community programs, partners and schools to do their best work as well. Doing our best work means providing nutrition in a meaningful way, ensuring that children are fed in a manner that is respectful and creating accountability on the part of parents and community members. When we trust each other, we are free to do the work in the manner that fits for each child and community.
We believe in creating opportunities for the community to make a difference. We believe that, given the opportunity, communities and individuals will “make this their problem”.
We believe that each of us can do something that will help deal with the problem of hungry kids. It’s a belief that BB4CK shares with volunteers, sponsors and donors. This philosophy of engagement not only connects the thousands of volunteers who have helped us feed kids, but it also says that BB4CK isn’t the only solution. It is the spirit that we need to solve this difficult issue. And it’s the spirit that we see in Calgary that will create new and as yet unimagined solutions to feed kids who are hungry.