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May 19, 2009 15:48 ET

Calgary Organization Feeds Hungry Kids One Brown Bag-and One Concerned Citizen-at a Time

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - May 19, 2009) - With the number and scope of social problems in our world, it's easy to feel, "What difference can one person make?" But one Calgary organization is demonstrating every day how big a difference any ordinary citizen can make.

The organization, Brown Bagging 4 Calgary's Kids (BB4CK), provides nutritional lunches daily for 1300 kids in Calgary's schools and programs. (Thousands of kids go hungry in Calgary, and this lack of nutrition leads to decreased concentration in school, reduced academic performance, and health problems.) To help fulfill this mission, BB4CK involves individuals and businesses from around Calgary, in a variety of ways, through their website,

Brodie and Rylee, a brother and sister, heard about Make It Your Problem and decided to donate birthday money to the cause. "Every year we give money to BB4CK on our birthdays," they explain. "We ask our friends to give us two things: five dollars for us (so we can buy something from our wish lists) plus a discretional donation to Brown Bagging. We do this instead of getting presents. We raise about $200 to $250 per birthday, which makes about 200 sandwiches that get delivered to schools in the city."

Lisa Tulpin started a pilot brown bag lunch program in her church, which makes lunches for kids in four schools. The program is run and financed by volunteers from the church family. As Lisa puts it, "I couldn't think of one good reason why I couldn't make it my problem, but I saw at least a thousand reasons why I should."

BB4CK has involved businesses as well. When they needed special work done in their kitchen, ClearView Plumbing & Heating of Calgary stepped in and donated $4,000 worth of plumbing work. ClearView is also promoting BB4CK on its website. Kyle Lumsden, president of ClearView, says, "Working with BB4CK is especially meaningful to us because we are in Calgary communities all the time, and we are aware that there are many children in these communities who go hungry. So we decided to make it our problem."

BB4CK is fond of quoting Margaret Mead, the noted anthropologist, who said, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." Thanks to BB4CK, Calgary citizens are living proof of the truth of this statement. Find out more on the story at

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