Bridge Christian Outreach
Reaching out "beyond or walls" to serve "the least of these"
Dear Bridge Christian Outreach Food Recipient,
This letter is to inform you that the Bridge Christian Outreach Food Pantry will cease food distribution starting in June, 2019. The last distribution will be held on Friday, May 24th.
There were many factors that the Board of Directors took into consideration in making this decision. A major factor was the challenges we had in maintaining a mobile food pantry that met all of the requirements from the Treasure Coast Food Bank (where we obtain the food that we distribute) and the USDA Feeding America program.
We recognize that this will be hardship for many of you. We encourage you to look at the enclosed listings of other food pantries in the area that you could visit to help meet your food needs. A few of the local food pantries that you might consider visiting are:
This is only a partial list of food pantries in the area. Please see the attached pages to this letter for a complete list of food pantries in Martin and St. Lucie counties.
While the food distribution will cease, the Board of Directors of the Bridge Christian Outreach Ministry will continue to evaluate other possible ministry needs in the area that could be filled by the BCO ministry.
Board of Directors
MISSIONTo feed and nourish — physically as well as spiritually the poor and homeless of St. Lucie and Martin County.VISIONTo serve the people in our community who are struggling financially in a way that preserves their dignity and promotes Christian values. By treating those-in-need with respect and compassion we acknowledge how difficult it is to ask for assistance and empower people to become self- sufficient without placing additional stress on them. We involve our community in a way that teaches empathy, encourages respect, and nurtures compassion. By following Christ’s command to “feed my sheep” we provide a basis for understanding that people who use our pantry can be, and are, our friends and neighbors who are struggling without our knowledge.
Matthew 25: 35, NW: for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.
Feed the poor and hungry with respect and compassion.
Effectively use the resources provided to us to be Christ’s hands and feet in service to
those in need.
Educate and encourage our community to actively support programs that reduce
Deliver the message that we are stewards of God’s resources which are entrusted to
our care and we should never separate money and finances from our spiritual life.
John 21:15, NIIV: When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”
At the Bridge Christian Outreach and Food Pantry we supply groceries and diapers to over 100 families a week.