Meals by Grace, Inc. a program of The Bridge, is a 501c3 non-profit ministry focused on providing food support through multiple programs to children and families in need. We offer a home deliver program for children & families without regular or reliable transportation, a "clientchoice" pantry called the Marketplace for families with transportation, and a monthly mobile pantry currently focused on serving the families with children enrolled in the low-income program known as Head Start. We'd love for you to join us in serving these members of our community, register today!
To be the bridge between poverty and sufficiency, paved with dignity, supported by community.
Meals by Grace (MbG), a program of The Bridge, is a faith-based ministry serving families since January of 2011. Granted official 501c3 status in March of 2014, MbG is a unique community driven organization of multiple programs offering delivered meals, a client-choice pantry, and mobile pantry to meet the various needs of those deemed food insecure in our community. Recommendations from local school social workers, childcare center directors, and poverty trained counselors are used to qualify children and families with food insecurity needs. MbG utilizes multiple sources of food in addition to the Feeding America network through both the Georgia Mountain and Atlanta Community Food Banks and the independent Midwest Foodbank.
Weekly DELIVERY: hot meal, shelf stable foods, fresh items and frozen meats.
Weekly PICK-UP (Marketplace "client-choice" pantry): shelf stable foods, fresh items and frozen meats.
Monthly MOBILE PANTRY distribution: shelf stable foods, fresh items and frozen meats.
Monthly distribution of toiletries and laundry detergent as per availability in all programs.
• School break bags of shelf stable food (breakfasts, lunches, healthy snacks)
• Shelf stable food bags positioned for immediate access in local schools
• Extended summer feeding program for non-program children
• MONEY 101
• FAMILY LIFE-SKILLS 101
• SPIRITUAL HEALTH 101
Meals by Grace partners with local school systems to identify children that are hungry and suffer from "food insecurity". Food insecurity is a term that describes the fear and anxiety that come from not knowing where your next meal will be served. In the school systems, the school social workers look for children who have dropping grades, sleep in class, and roam the lunch room asking for food.
When a child is identified, the social worker will make an at home visit to assess the situation. If the social worker feels that the child and family will benefit from Meals by Grace, then we are contacted to add them to our list of families assuming we have capacity. By partnering with the school systems, we have a high degree of confidence and knowledge that the children and families we serve are truly in need and will greatly benefit from weekly food assistance.Learn More
Sunday DELIVERY program: Meets weekly working in teams to create, prepare and deliver a hot nutritious meal and additional food items to our families in need with limited or unreliable transportation. Meets 1-4pm; the day isn't over until the children have their food. Groups should plan on providing one driver for every 3 group members, i.e. a group of 20 would provide 6 delivery drivers. While not "required" this policy is STRONGLY ENCOURAGED - remember, the day isn't over until the children have their food. Individuals registering ONLINE, and pre-selecting their team (including delivery) are given precedence for availability and choice.
Tuesday / Thursday Marketplace "client-choice" PICKUP program: A team of 6-8 volunteers meets on a pantry day to help our neighbors with their shopping. The pantry is open from 11-2pm - volunteers should arrive between 10am & 10:15am for training and plan to stay until the last neighbor has been served and shelves restocked for the next pantry day. This program serves community members in need that have some form of transportation.
One unique aspect to Meals by Grace is that we love kids serving kids. Therefore, the first Sunday of every month, we let the children of our volunteers make the food for our families. It’s an incredibly fun time and teaches our kids the value of serving others that may have less.Learn More
We LOVE our volunteers! Meals by Grace is predominantly run and supported by community volunteers. We have weekly opportunities to prepare food, stock shelves, and most importantly deliver to our families. We openly welcome children and adults. Meals By Grace is a great family event. We also welcome groups, clubs, and associations of every kind.
Volunteers form teams to deliver services to the community. Volunteers benefit from leadership, mentoring and coaching. In addition to a large, stable base of individual community volunteers, we utilize a vast community of groups including, but not limited to: Flood Student Missions, High School clubs (NHS, Beta, DECA), Local sports teams, Scouting gourps (boy & girl), Mountain lake church life groups, Community HOA groups, Browns Bridge and North Point Community Church (adult small groups, Transit & Insideout groups), Local college graduate groups: Kennesaw, University of North Georgia, Philadelphia School of Osteopathic Medicine, etc., Numerous other churches and civic groups
One thing you'll notice right away when you come is the wide and culturally diverse mix of our volunteers. We have volunteers of every age, race and culture. We believe that we can all rally around the common goal of helping our community's children and being the hands and feet of God to those in need.Learn More