During the 2012 – 2013 school year, Grade 5 students at St. Richard Elementary School were presented with the question: What can we do to improve our community? In response, students created a bagged lunch program, along with Brenda Der of B's Diner, who had begun to feed students in need throughout Edmonton as a way to honour the memory of her son, Jeremy. Since its establishment, students have made over 9000 bagged lunches for needy students (identified by principals and teachers), their peers, at schools across the city.
In August of 2015, the B’s Supporting Youth Foundation was registered as a charity to oversee and develop the bagged lunch program as well as to ensure its sustainability in the future.
Every Tuesday, a different school with approximately 6 students and teachers from either Edmonton Public Schools or Edmonton Catholic Schools arrive at the Diner to make lunches and then deliver them to the participating schools. “Kids Helping Kids” is very powerful.
Our goal is to continue to grow in order to provide opportunities for Edmonton area students to actively assist their needy peers across the city. As we look to the future, we are methodically expanding the program in order to, ultimately, see the model that we have developed applied to other quadrants of the City. Starting in the 2015/16 school year, the program moved to Millhurst Community Centre, as the Diner could no longer facilitate the amount of lunches being prepared at one time.
We are creating a strong sense of social justice and philanthropy, teaching students that help and hope can come in many forms, and is sometimes as simple as a full lunch bag.
We are in need of resources, both in-kind and monetary, in order to ensure that our program can continue to grow to meet the increasing need we are identifying as we continue to feed students in the school districts. We accept monetary gifts and donations-in kind.