Every day, the BB4CK community works to ensure that every student in Calgary has access to a healthy lunch at school. Right now, we are aware of 4,400 kids who go to school without a healthy lunch each day – an increase of more than 1,000 kids (more than 30%) in the last 12 months. BB4CK feeds kids in Kindergarten through grade 12 in 220 Calgary schools. Each child’s story and reason for needing lunches is unique and distinct, and the recent economic downturn in Calgary has had a significant impact. We anticipate that the need will continue to grow this year, both as the economy recovers and due to decreased availability of free breakfast programs in schools following the recent closure of a large, local program. Kids who receive lunch are able to focus and learn in class, and able to participate in physical activities. They are aware of their surroundings, and able to make friends and participate in their communities. When kids aren’t hungry, they can build self-confidence and grow in all sorts of healthy ways.