Mission: Provide sustenance and sustainable solutions for vulnerable, homebound individuals.
Results: In 2012, we began the process of setting up mini-pantry sites in places of business, along with a cloud-based software tracking system to allow volunteers to help on a moment's notice and impact lives more efficiently.
Target demographics: Seniors who cannot drive anymore and are homebound.
Low-income individuals who are unable to get to a regular food bank due to lack of transportation.
Children who are undernurished because of lifestyle choices of their parents.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Food for 5,200 meals are provided annually. The number will grow as we get more food-dropoff sites installed.
Geographic areas served: Currently serving Kootenai County in Northern Idaho, but will expand into every state when cloud-based software is perfected.
Programs: Food delivery
Partnerships with Charitable Organizations
Life Skills Development
I'm a single mom and I lost my job. That was pretty bad, but when my car broke down just as the weather started to get really cold and wet, I didn't know what to do. My kids needed food and I needed to be out looking for work. We hadn't had a true meal in our home for three days when someone gave me the phone number for Jumpin' Beans Food Bank. The same day I called they delivered a few bags of groceries and put me in touch with someone to help with my vehicle, along with other community resources I didn't know about. They asked me to help someone else when I could, to pay it forward. I cried with relief and joy that night, knowing my kids finally had a square meal in their bellies as they went to bed. I'm also signing up for free cooking classes to learn tips for better nutrition. Jumpin' Beans is the best!
Gem Community Citizens Project Group identifies needs in communities and then does something about them! Whether it is installing baseball fields for youth, installing a community garden, forming a senior center to address loneliness and nutrition among seniors, or implementing a mobile food delivery and mentoring system called Jumpin' Beans Mobile Food Bank, this non-profit gets things done! Check out jumpinbeans.org if you want to see the latest project of GCCPG.