TBF Response to the Pandemic
Updated June, 2020
Nearly 40% of Americans with household incomes of $40,000 or less have lost work as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, which hit Southwest Florida particularly hard, right at the peak of the tourist season.
Thousands of local residents who never dreamed they would be unable to feed their families suddenly found themselves unemployed, furloughed or with drastically reduced hours, lining up for food distributed by local social service agencies. While the economy is slowly but surely reopening, unemployment is still at its highest rate since the Great Depression.
Since early April, TBF has made more than $124,000 in grants to help our partners and other organizations that operate mobile food pantries meet the unprecedented demand that is projected to continue for months to come, as well as meet the critical needs of individual families. Every dollar TBF is providing goes specifically for direct assistance — not for overhead or other expenses.
Here are a few examples of assistance provided:
With your support, we have helped thousands of families by providing funds to existing and pop-up food pantries in our local area. One provider, Meals of Hope, said “Your gift will have a huge impact on families in Bonita Springs and Immokalee." Another provider, Community Cooperative, added “Your gift enables us to continue serving our community through innovative approaches for ending hunger and homelessness.”
Due to the pandemic, many face unemployment, and The Bridge Fund is there to help. For example, one family’s only wage earner was hospitalized for weeks with COVID-19 and then was quarantined for two additional weeks before he could go back to work. Upon his return, he learned his hours were reduced. The Bridge Fund assisted with rent and utility payments, allowing the family to get back on their feet.
Your generosity will continue to provide help where it's needed most. Check back for periodic updates, and know that we are ready to help when and how needed.
Cars waiting for pick up food for the week at a mobile pantry site supported by TBF
No contact grocery delivery to car trunks
"What we hear all day long is how grateful people are, and in turn, we are so thankful for...enabling us to provide people with food and hope."
"Your generosity allows us to look beyond the challenges and focus our full effort and heart into feeding the hungry children and families we serve together." Food Pantry President
Bags of groceries and personal items ready for distribution.
Families registering for food at mobile pantry at Bonita Springs Elementary School.
"A BIG thank you to The Bridge Fund and your wonderful supporters!"