the $50K
Match Challenge!

Working through The Bridge Fund  to fight food-insufficiency in Bonita Springs and Estero

Match Challenge Announcement!  Due to the pandemic, there will be no Colony Project fundraising luncheon in 2021.  In order to maintain The Colony Project's role in addressing food insecurity in our local area, Altaira resident and Colony Project benefactor, Virginia Ragan, has offered to match all donations between now and February 28, up to $50,000.  THANK YOU!

The Colony Project's Beginnings

The Colony Project ("TCP") was started in 2014 by Colony resident, Jill Kushner, who is passionate about feeding the hungry kids and other needy residents in Bonita Springs and Estero.  In 2019, Jill asked The Bridge Fund to become custodian of TCP funds and manage their distribution. Jill continues to be financially responsible for TCP fundraising, with all donations going to The Bridge Fund solely to meet The Colony Project’s specific objectives. 

Thank you to Jill for her incredible support and compassion in starting

The Colony Project!

How The Colony Project Works 


The Bridge Fund developed several new year-round, seasonal and emergency programs through existing partners in order to address the goals of The Colony Project. 

  • Cafe of Life for seniors and migrant workers

  • Redlands Christian Migrant Association (RCMA) for families

  • Blessings in a Backpack for school children

  • Meals of Hope for families (special pandemic response)

  • Meals on Wheels for seniors (special pandemic response)

Who The Colony Projects Serves

  • Home-bound seniors with fresh produce and dairy products twice a month

  • Migrant farm workers with groceries delivered each week

  • School children with weekend take-home food

  • Food insecure families with take-home chicken or ground beef weekend meals

  • Families impacted by the pandemic with drive-thru groceries

  • Seniors isolated during the pandemic with home-delivered hot meals

Making a Difference in Bonita Springs and Estero