No Cost Grocery Programs are food distribution programs that exist within residents’ own community rooms or schools. They aim to address barriers to food access, such as transportation barriers, times and days in which food pantries are open, red tape and paperwork, shame and stigma and external negativity.
To overcome these barriers, we take food straight to where people gather, including low-income housing sites, family sites, senior homes, daycares, and preschools. Here, we support the community leaders who are in charge of how, when, and where to distribute the food. This enables communities to have power and control over their own resources, and give back to their community by lending a hand and having a voice.
“You all don’t empower people. You are bridge builders, relationship builders. You build the bridges between food resources and communities who desire that food. You don’t empower people to walk over the bridge, they already have their own power.” – BFR Member