Calgary kids are back in school and for some families it’s going to be a struggle to come up with healthy lunches.
The group Brown Bagging for Calgary Kids reports a 30 per cent increase in the number of school kids in our city making use of the program since one year ago.
Executive Director Tanya Koshowski says they’re starting this school year with 3200 children in need.
“This time last year we had 2500 kids a day, and at the end of the school year we had 3200 kids a day and that’s how we’re starting out the school year so far. We know it’s about the economy and how families are struggling. Summer is a tough time for these families when they have to worry about childcare and what they’re doing with their kids and feeding them. So now that these kids are back in school it’s becoming very obvious that these kids are coming without anything.”
Koshowski says they have great volunteers to put the lunches together, but they’re always in need of drivers to take the lunches to the school. However, what they could use the most is donations. It costs the group just one dollar to make one lunch.