Food Bridge

Britepaths' Food Bridge Program provides emergency and short-term food assistance to Fairfax County area residents who are struggling to make ends meet – helping them bridge the gap until they can recover from a crisis. 
 

Families are referred to the 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. Other Food Bridge initiatives include Our Daily Veggies farmers market vouchers and Food4Thought weekend food assistance for local students in need.

The Food Bridge Program utilizes donations of grocery store gift cards as well non-perishable food and supplies for our pantry. Gift cards allow our clients to meet the specific dietary needs of their families, which may include managing food allergies. The cards also allow parents to make good nutritional choices for their children that include fruits, vegetables and dairy items we can't store in our pantry or easily deliver. The gift cards also allow our clients to practice newly acquired financial management skills in getting the most out of every dollar they spend for food.

Our Food Bridge Supporting Organizations make it possible to deliver our services to 60 families every two weeks. These faith communities, businesses and community groups sign up for a Sunday or two during the year and collect and deliver either grocery gift cards or non-perishable food items and supplies to 30 of our Food Bridge clients. We continue to have gaps in our Food Delivery Calendar, and grocery gift card donations or additional Food Bridge Supporting Organizations are critically needed to ensure our clients receive their food as promised.

Britepaths is a member of the Fairfax Food Council, and we believe that healthy food should be available to all. 

Get Involved in Food Bridge!

If you or your organization can support our Food Bridge Program, contact Christina Garris at cgarris@britepaths.org or 703.273.8829, ext. 444.