Statistics show that most families in the suburbs that have a bridge card* run out of food in three weeks every single month. Some families do not have transportation to get to grocery stores, so they frequently use their bridge card at convenience stores and gas stations to purchase food, and the bridge card funds last even less than three weeks.
Our goal is to assist those with bridge cards to better use the funds that they are given. To accomplish this, we plan to open a bridge card pantry on the CARES campus and provide food as close to the original cost as possible. We will stock the shelves with affordable healthy choices to provide an alternative to convenience stores and gas stations for families to shop using their benefits.
We need funds to begin this project. We have a space designated in our pantry, but must build walls and shelves and purchase the first few months of food. Your help is greatly appreciated to help launch our Bridge Pantry!
We will continue to operate our free food pantry. Experience has taught us that there will always be a need for free pantries, but our vision for the future is that the need will decrease. If we can offer people with a bridge card a better grocery shopping option, we predict that families will need to visit free pantries less frequently. This is a winning solution for our families, our operating budget, and our community!
*How certain food benefits are distributed in Michigan, formerly known as food stamps