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The mission of the Bountiful Community Food Pantry (BCFP) is to relieve hunger and increase self-sufficiency of individuals in need living in southern Davis County, Utah.
Beginning in 1975, as a ministry of the Bountiful Community Church, a Food Bank was formed to provide supplemental food to low-income clients of southern Davis County. In 2003, growing from the initial start at the Bountiful Community Church, the BCFP became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, completely separate from the Bountiful Community Church. In 2010 the BCFP distributed one million pounds of and provided supplemental food assistance and case management services to 43,067 individuals.
The BCFP also provides Case Management support to help clients move out of crisis and gain an increased degree of self-sufficiency.
Davis County is perceived as having an established, higher income population with individuals who need little help. However, the BCFP Case Management team has collected data that demonstrates both a current and an increasing need of help for families in immediate or long-term financial, physical or food crisis. Recent data shows that 21,453 (7%) residents of Davis County live in poverty; unemployment within the county jumped from 3.5% to 5.9% from 2008 to 2009; and, at one point in 2010, Davis County logged 1,073 children as being homeless.