The Bountiful Community Food Pantry is helping to address child hunger by working with Meadowbrook, Washington and Adelaide Elementary Schools. Each Friday, starting March 8th, 150 bags of child-friendly food will be delivered to the schools for at-risk children to take home for the weekend. These bags, called Pantry Packs, will contain healthy, single-portion food items that children can use to supplement their meals at home.
In support of the Pantry Pack program, there will be a special food drive for child-friendly foods from February 25th to March 4th, a public forum on Child Hunger on March 4th and a special fundraiser on March 22nd in conjunction with Love Utah Give Utah, www.loveutgiveut.org .
We provide over 1,000,000 pounds of food each year to low income families through
- Monthly food visits; weekly produce and bread visits
- Food stamp sign-up assistance
- Women, Infants and Children (WIC) food supplements
- Senior (60+) and children (5-6) food supplements
We help our clients receive over $1,000,000 of additional benefits en route to greater self sufficiency through the following (for more details see further down):
- Housing Support
- Financial Guidance
- Health Care Access
- Job Training and Placement
- Professional Services Access
Who We Serve
We serve the residents of the south Davis County cities: North Salt Lake, Bountiful, West Bountiful, Woods Cross, Centerville and Farmington and work with numerous organizations in neighboring communities. We respectfully serve individuals without regard to their ethnicity, gender, religion, or political affiliation.
During 2009, we served 3971 individuals over a total of 22,589 visits. Of these individuals, 91% are at or below 125% of the Federal poverty level.
How to Register as a Client
On their first visit, new clients need to bring identification for each member of the household for whom they wish to receive benefits and need to arrive at least 45 minutes prior to closing. All adults 18 years and older must also present a photo ID, proof of residency and a statement of income (no limit applies to those in need for basic food assistance).
A list of acceptable identification and more detailed information are included in our Food Pantry Guidelines (click to download guidelines in English, Spanish). You can download the Client Application and Release forms by clicking the links. The forms can be completed on site or to save time, complete the forms in advance and bring them when you come to register. Be sure to bring the required documentation.
A card will be issued for the household and must be brought for every visit. A replacement charge of $5.00 is applied for all lost cards. Clients authorized to pick up food for the household must be named on the account and bring a photo ID for every visit. All cards expire annually; clients must reapply at that time with the specified documentation.
More than a Food Bank
Together we build a stronger community at all levels.
A monthly allotment of food is given to families/individuals through our partnership with grocery rescue and community donations. We also allow a weekly visit for bread and produce. Additional supplements are available to seniors (60+) and children (ages 5-6). Through Case Management, we help clients access other food assistance such as food stamps where possible.
Pantry clients are hungry for much more than just food and their success in moving on to a better situation is dependent on their own “desire and efforts” along with help beyond themselves. Our case management team assessment provides insight to their road blocks and challenges. All of our clients are in some kind of crisis. We seek first to stabilize the situation and then work toward increased self-sufficiency. We have formed significant relationships with other established organizations so we can inform and assist our clients in obtaining these services without duplicating them. See below for additional information on some of these other services and/or see our listing of programs we routinely work with.
Bus Tokens/Gas Vouchers
Bus tokens and gas vouchers are made available on a limited basis to assist clients who utilize public transportation to travel to appointments and employment.
Clothing & Accessories
Clothing and furniture vouchers through our partnership with Deseret Industries are available on a limited basis as well as special disbursements like beanies, blankets, mittens, socks, newborn infant kits and book bags from time to time on site.
A computer is available for clients to search for employment, build resumes and apply for already established Federal and State programs.
Emergency Financial Assistance
Very limited funds for emergencies on a case by case basis and the circumstances surrounding the crisis.
Assistance is provided in accessing safe, emergency shelter as well as help with utilities and weatherization for existing homes.
Personal Money Management
One-on-one money management sessions. Budget and spending analysis is offered to repair or improve ability to meet personal needs. Financial crisis counseling and debt reduction advice is offered to promote self-sufficiency and street-smart spending.
Recommendations for accessing medical (including vision) and dental care are given for financially strapped individuals needing general or specific care. Prescription assistance and discount programs are offered to those who cannot afford their medications. We find funding for life threatening illness treatment. Limited funds are available for prescriptions, physician fees and emergency dental.
Professional and Other Services
Legal and tax services, daycare, and pet spaying and neutering are some of the services we can help clients access.
Referrals to South Davis Service Organization
Referrals are given to respective clients to this newly formed and independent service organization with the aim of increasing self-sufficiency. The South Davis Service Organization organizes volunteer work groups, facilitates access to group empowerment sessions, helps with self-sufficiency skills, and offers service to elderly and shut-in community members.