Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids


We would like to introduce our 2016 Charity of the Year, Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids.


Established in 1990 by Calgarians Christy Switzer and Kimberly Setrakov, the charity’s original mandate was to provide healthy lunches to Calgary’s homeless kids.  In 2002, the organization became a registered charity and in 2005 turned it’s focus to helping all of Calgary’s hungry kids.  The current director, Tanya Koshowski, joined the organization in 2012 and she and her Team are making a big impact in our local community.


Their Mission:

To work with Calgary schools to identify kids who are hungry and find ways to feed them.

Their Vision:

Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids has one goal: no hungry kids in Calgary. They strive toward this goal each day by providing healthy lunches directly to kids, and by empowering communities to create lasting social change.

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With its small and dedicated staff and hundred’s of volunteers, Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids is able to provide lunches for approximately 2,900 kids per day.  Contributions made go directly to the kids, and with the partnership and donations from some of Calgary’s fabulous businesses, every $1 = a healthy lunch for a child.

Calgary kids

The Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids Team works closely with the local school staff members to identify kids in need.  Meals are prepped in the organization’s main kitchen as well as prepared by other community groups (such as parent groups, retirees, and businesses) and are delivered to the schools.


If you are looking for a way to get involved, the organization has opportunities for community groups, corporate groups, as well as individuals.  More information can be found on their website.


We are looking forward to supporting Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids through our Referral Program in 2016!


Thank you,

The Costen & Associates Team