Bridging the Gap is a mobile distribution program which visits low-income elementary schools each Friday and provides students with two bags of healthy, easy-to-prepare meals and snacks to sustain them through the weekend. We are now serving a total of 4,000 children each month.
What We Do
Bridging the Gap partners with the Ogden and Weber School Districts to feed local, low-income elementary students over the weekends when they may face the prospect of hunger. The sad reality is that even with the help of assistance programs, many children still experience hunger during the periods when they can’t get food at school because they simply don’t have enough at home in their own pantry to eat. There are over 20,000 kids in these two districts utilizing the free & reduced lunch programs during the week, but they don’t have access to these extra meals on Saturday and Sunday.
The sheer number of children in our community who need food assistance is startling. In Weber County there are 11,676 children in poverty, and 48.7% of all children make use of free or reduced lunch program. In Davis County, these numbers are 10,759 and 25.8%, respectively (CAP Utah Annual Poverty Report, pages 63 and 75). Our own Program Director, Maresha Bosgieter, has seen the need for childhood food assistance up close, saying in a news article that “40 percent of our families (who visit our Joyce Hansen Hall Food Bank) are working poor with small children in their home, or kids under the age of 18 in their home" (Report: One in Seven Utah Households Struggles with Hunger).
How To Help
We rely on the generosity of the community to alleviate child hunger in Weber County.
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Thanks to Our Sponsors
Thank you to Goldenwest Credit Union for sponsoring James Madison Elementary for our Bridging the Gap program. Goldenwest’s sponsorship will allow us to provide two bags full of groceries to each student at James Madison so that no child or family goes hungry during the weekend or holidays.