The Bridge of Hope Kitchen is grounded in a simple phase, “if you have a piece of bread, everyone should have a piece of bread”. This means we are to give to those less fortunate, if we have the means to do so (Proverbs 3:27) . Created to be a bridge between the communities in Pinellas County and schools, the Hope Kitchen’s mission is to reduce hunger by identifying school age children and families and providing them with the warm nutritious meals where in some cases may be the last meal of the day.
Why This Is Important To Us?
There is a generation of children that will someday become our leaders, and many times due to no fault of their own they experience very challenging times, with the basic provisions of life, food, clothing and shelter. As we all do our part, whether big or small, it will have a tremendous impact on the next generation. According to the Pinellas County School Board there were approximately 4,569 homeless children during the 2021 - 2022 school year, our goal is to work hard to help eradicate hunger in our youth.
It is hard to concentrate when you’re hungry and studies have shown children who struggle with hunger also struggle to concentrate in class and may fall behind academically. This means they may be more likely to miss school due to illness and suffer from irritability, low self-esteem, lack of energy, anxiety and depression.
Feeding America reports that there are 20.7% of children in Pinellas County that are food insecure and 159,955 are under the age of 18.