Have you heard?
We are 7 weeks into a new program that has grown over 500%. We went from helping about 100 families a week with food to 1200 meals a day 5 days a week. Let's keep it up!
Below are some notes documenting the journey as well as some pictures!
Journal Entry 1
The beginning of our food pantry started in mid February. We began to envision all the different ways we were going to be able to grow this and help more than the 150 families we served weekly. Little did we know...
Journal Entry 2
First Week of Covid-19 we sent out 400 boxes of prepared and non-perishable foods for a family of 4. We started working with local food truck Oink N' Moo by two brothers, Panera Bread and May Way Tavern Raleigh to get out some prepared meals.
Journal Entry 3
Come mid-March, we saw an even greater need in the demand for food. With many organizations having to close their doors due to the influx, we did what we felt we needed to do and asked for help. Quickly, we readjusted our plan and reached out to additional local restaurants to partner up and get food to those who need it. That we did! By the second week, we were working together to serve over 600 meals a day.
Journal Entry 4
Before the end of March 2020, we were handing out over 1,200 meals a day to families and seniors in need. We raised over $2,000 that has all been put back into the program with the purchase of juices, snacks for lunch bags, breakfast items and togo containers. Almost all produce and ingredients have been donated by local businesses.
Journal Entry 5
The 1st of April, a few of our Chefs reached out to their social networks and asked for additional donations to help keep up this program. Wow! We are unbelievably grateful! This program has grown much larger much faster than we had initially planned. People have been working together to help those in need and it has become a true honor to work with all of these wonderful locals and businesses.
We are working to feed our furloughed hospitality workers with many area restaurants. Trophy on Maywood is our first to participate. Monday-Friday they give out boxes of groceries provided by Sysco Raleigh.
Stay tuned for more information as it changes daily. Follow us on social media @bridgethegapmissionnc and follow our outreach group @carolinacares. You can also find this project under the Facebook group Local Chefs 4 Kids & Seniors.