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We encounter people who simply need help with food. Some of these are the "Ancient Ones", old people who are no longer capable of working. Some are families in the Microloan or School programs. Rather than turn them away, as is common practice among other sources, we chose to implement a program to help. We serve a healthy meal of soup, fruit, crackers, coffee, and juice on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday . Qualifying families are eligible to work for a bag of food. Families in crisis may receive a free bag of food, at the sole discretion of The Bridge team.

A typical bag of food, including protein, powdered milk,  rice, beans, oatmeal… nothing needing refrigeration

The Community Kitchen crowd celebrates a special holiday

Part of the crowd of 150 Bribri who came to The Bridge for dinner on Easter.

Food Program provides a bag of food in exchange for work

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One of the many wonderful Bridge Volunteers serving soup in the  covered area at The Bridge.  In this shot we have people from three tribes--the Bribri and Cabecar from Costa Rica, and the Guaymi tribe from Panama.