In 2002 Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids became a registered charity. In 2005, following findings released by the Feeding Calgary’s Children Initiative (that almost 30,000 children and youth in Calgary go hungry while in school) the mandate changed to include all children and youth, whether on the streets or in school. BB4CK also began working on the second part of our mission: To act as a catalyst in the development of community based solutions to break down barriers caused by malnutrition. We began to seek capacity within communities and supported the creation of community programs.
At the end of the 2010/2011 school year we see the impact of efforts that have been made in the community. The numbers of lunches being provided by our main kitchen have decreased and the number being produced in the community is continually rising. While we are still providing for 60 schools from our main kitchen, we have supported our agency partners to achieve independence and have been the catalyst for over 60 community based lunch programs. These programs are in churches, schools and homes and engage local volunteers to make lunches and take them to schools within their own community.
To learn more about BB4CK, visit their website: www.brownbaggingit.org.