BB4CK works in partnership with the Calgary Board of Education and the Calgary Separate School District to combat increasing numbers of students attending Calgary schools without a lunch. BB4CK is delivering 1,500+ lunches each day to over 60 schools in 2011.
In addition to providing lunches from our main kitchen we are also supporting many community based initiatives. These include churches, community centres, schools and individuals who want to take action and support the children in their communities. Each program is unique and built to fit the community it serves. BB4CK is supporting over 60 community based programs in 2011.
Who is eligible?
Lunches, and supplements to lunches, are available to any youth who arrives at school without a sufficient lunch.
BB4CK works with principals, teachers and lunch room supervisors to support them in identifying hunger within their schools, as well as planning to ensure that the program can be carried out in a respectful and accessible manner.
What does it cost?
Lunches are provided free of charge.
BB4CK raises funds from individuals and corporations as well as developing sponsors and in-kind donors. Our three largest in-kind supporters – Italian Bakery, Chongo’s Market, and Mountain Meadows provided deeply discounted, quality product that has helped keep our average lunch cost at around $1.
What does a lunch consist of?
Lunches delivered from our main kitchen contain a healthy sandwich, vegetable, fruit, and a snack such as yogurt or crackers. Each item carries a high nutritional value and either meets or exceeds the Canadian health recommendations. We aim to provide variety and nutritional lunches. Community programs follow the same health guidelines and, as a result of their smaller numbers, have more flexibility and are able to offer more unique and varied lunches.
Why brown bag lunches?
Believe it or not, Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids is brown bag free!
When Brown Bagging began, all lunches were brown bagged. This was meant to be a simple way to provide meals to students and the bags were intended to be uniform and “blend in”. But times have changed. Not only were we using over a thousand paper bags each day, they were no longer blending in as most students bring re-usable bags.
We now deliver our lunches in bins. Each bin contains all of the components that a school needs for the number of lunches they’ve requested. This change has allowed schools greater flexibility.Some kids need a full lunch and many more simply require a supplement to an inadequate lunch.
“The distribution is still the same with the exception of being able to accommodate a student who may need more food, it is easier to supply an extra sandwich that is on the cart than having to open the brown bag and sort through”
“We love it! Students are given the amount of food required, not as much waste”
If you would like to get involved with these projects or know of a school or program that could benefit from our support, please contact
Tanya Koshowski at email@example.com