Britepaths is a well-known, Fairfax-based nonprofit that helps area residents, all year ’round, in a variety of ways. And its Food Bridge program helps bridge the gap for them during times of crisis. But Britepaths can’t do it all by itself – and that’s where the community comes in.
Via Food Bridge, Britepaths donates grocery-store gift cards, as well non-perishable food and supplies from its food pantry, to people in need. And whenever someone makes a contribution to Britepaths at https://britepaths.org/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=7, it receives some of the money it needs to purchase grocery-store gift cards at a bulk-discount rate to distribute to its Food Bridge clients.
Families are referred to this program by social workers, and generally receive assistance for approximately four to six months. Other clients may receive emergency assistance once or twice to get them through a brief crisis.
Gift cards allow clients to meet the specific, dietary needs of their families, which may include managing food allergies. The cards also enable parents to make good nutritional choices for their children, such as fruits, vegetables and dairy items that Britepaths can’t store in its pantry or easily deliver.
In addition, using these gift cards lets the clients practice their newly acquired, financial-management skills to get the most out of every dollar they spend for food. Other Food Bridge initiatives include Our Daily Veggies farmers market vouchers and Food4Thought weekend food assistance for local students in need.
Besides individuals, any entities wishing to become a Food Bridge supporting organization may contact Christina Garris at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-273-8829.