April 5, 2022

Hungry to Help

Fueling up isn’t so easy these days.

And that includes making sure each student has a nutritious lunch in order to power their brains and bodies.

On Tuesday morning, the Stampeders returned to the Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids main kitchen facility, as receiver Colton Hunchak and defensive back Raheem Wilson did their part to feed those in need.

The tandem teamed up to help other giving spirits prepare 1,227 lunches for Calgary students who would otherwise go without a mid-day meal.

“Being involved in the community is something that’s really close to my heart, especially being from Calgary,” said Hunchak. “With COVID, it was really difficult to have the opportunity to come do something like this, but to now come back out and help was great.”

Following their preparation of sandwiches, apples and carrots, a separate group of volunteers came by to pick up the lunches and deliver them throughout the city.

Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids drops off meals at over two-thirds of Calgary schools and feeds approximately two per cent of all local youth.

“Our mission is ensuring that all kids are fed,” stated Karin Henderson, the K-12 Programs Team Lead for the charity. “We are a grassroots organization that feeds and cares for kids in Calgary at our main kitchen and 34 community kitchens. We deliver 5,100 lunches a day.”

The Stamps aim to make multiple appearances each year and offer their assistance to this very worthy cause.

“We love when the Stampeders come to visit,” remarked Henderson, a proud Stamps season-ticket holder. “There was awesome teamwork shown by Colton and Raheem and they brought a great joy into the kitchen with lots of fun and camaraderie. They really got the team going.”

Hunchak’s first-ever shift in the downtown building was a success, and the pass-catcher sounds keen on coming back in the future.

“This is something that I think sits with me a little bit differently because unfortunately there are kids that go to school and don’t have lunches,” explained Hunchak, who has a five-year-old daughter of his own. “Sometimes it’s out of their control and their family’s control, but to have organizations that are able to do this for kids in the community and have other great people volunteering as well is amazing and really heart-warming.”