About Us

Mission Statement 

The mission of the Bountiful Community Food Pantry is to relieve hunger and increase self-sufficiency of individuals in need living in Davis County, Utah. Through providing supplemental food, our first priority, we gain an understanding of the obstacles that must be addressed to alleviate hunger and associated unmet needs; thus, out of necessity, our mission has evolved to also include assisting individuals take the next steps towards self-sufficiency to create long-term change. We work collaboratively with the individuals in need and an expanding network of like-minded organizations to leverage limited resources and to provide help where it is needed most, to empower individuals and collectively affect community level change.

Background and History

The BCFP has been providing supplemental food to low income families in south Davis County, Utah for over 40 years. We began operating in the 1970s out of a small closet. Driven by need, we have expanded to now operate a 7,500 square foot warehouse and two refrigerated trucks. We receive and collect donated food from local grocery stores, the Utah Food Bank, local food producers and private individuals. We sort, organize, store and distribute approximately 2,000,000 pounds of food, or roughly 1,500,000 meals, each year, without charge, to the low income families living in south Davis County. In 2015, our marketplace served more than 3000 individuals.

In providing supplemental food to our clients and learning about their individual needs, we have found that most face numerous obstacles and that providing supplemental food is not enough to alleviate their suffering and help them move towards greater self-sufficiency. In our quest to help address these issues, we found that there are existing programs and resources available but they were not being fully utilized due to lack of accessibility, lack of awareness of the programs, or inability to navigate the multiple facets of the enrollment process. With the addition of case management, beginning with an enhanced client intake process to identify any special needs or circumstances, we have begun creating measurable change beyond that of immediate hunger relief. We have arranged shelter for women threatened with domestic violence; assisted with enrollment in Davis Applied Technology Center (DATC); partnered with DATC and area dental professionals to assist with meeting urgent dental needs; helped with transportation needs; and arranged for affordable diabetes medication – quite probably saving an individual’s life.

Our Pantry Packs program aimed at addressing child hunger has been highly successful. Delivering to 26 schools, we now provide weekend food assistance to approximately 1200 children each week.

We strive to build community both through providing much needed support to individuals and families and through providing service opportunities for individuals, groups and organizations. Just a few such opportunities include Pantry Teens, Pantry Family Night, and school and neighborhood food drives.

Although we have grown substantially, we continue to be a volunteer-based organization with over 190 regular volunteers and hundreds of additional volunteers. Operations are overseen by an experienced and capable board of directors and management team. Our case manager works with clients, other service organizations, advocates, and agencies to help meet individuals’ immediate needs and help them begin their journey to self-sufficiency.

We increasingly collaborate with many associated organizations and key advocates so that we may better complement each other’s efforts in meeting community needs and collectively promote community level change. BCFP has received Utah Food Bank awards for Model Food Pantry, Case Management and Outreach. Additionally, our Executive Director Lorna Koci was recently honored with the Patriotism and Service Award by the Utah 2nd Congressional District and recognized as one of Utah's Top 50 Innovators and Davis County's Women of Influence.

Systems are in place to ensure sound fiscal management and compliance with all regulations.

BCFP gained 501(c)3 status in 2004 and is formally recognized by the IRS as a non-profit charitable organization under the name Bountiful Community Food Pantry.

Where Our Food and Funding Comes From

Between food drives and direct donations, individuals contribute approximately 25% of the food we distribute and the vast majority of the non-perishable food including the Pantry Packs aimed at alleviating child hunger over the weekends. Through our Grocery Rescue partners we saved over 900,000 pounds of perishable food last year that would have otherwise gone to waste. Local farms and gardeners donate excess fresh produce throughout the harvest months. Utah Food Bank provides produce and USDA food. With these food donations along with milk purchased at a discount, we are able to provide a broad spectrum of foods enough for over 1.5 million meals.

Nearly half of the funding that supports pantry operations comes from individual contributions. State and federal grants vary from year to year based on government budgets and specific needs of the pantry. These grants have been significant in providing commercial refrigerators, freezers, racking, an emergency generator, two refrigerated trucks and such. Additionally, corporations, private entities and other charities provide much needed funds which are often designated for specific purposes such as case management, hygiene items, or one of our programs like Pantry Packs or Pantry Smiles. Through the partnerships we’ve developed and with our volunteer-based organization, we’re able to put nearly every donated dollar directly to providing food to the needy and providing desperately needed client assistance.

Board of Directors

  • Alisa Knowlton, MD, Chair
  • Rob Berman, Vice Chair
  • Hall Blankenship, Secretary
  • Riley Astill, Treasurer
  • Lorna Koci, Executive Director
  • Lloyd Allen, Attorney
  • Russell Bernard
  • Teresa Crockett
  • Ed Fisher
  • Steve Ober
  • Craige Olson, DDS
  • Duane Orchard, DDS
  • Kim Pugmire
  • Chuck Swallow
  • Richard Watson
  • George West
  • Wendell Wild

Staff

  • Executive Director – Lorna Koci
  • Operations/Case Manager – Jaynann Johnson
  • Warehouse Supervisor – Drey Eskelsen
  • Administrative Assistant – Alisa Mercer

Our Partners

Grocery Rescue

  • Costco
  • Dicks
  • Harmons
  • Lee's Marketplace
  • Natural Grocers
  • Smith’s
  • Target
  • WalMart
  • Winegar’s

Regular Food Donation Partners

  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Catholic Community Services
  • Kodiak Produce
  • Local churches
  • Local Letter Carriers
  • Local businesses
  • Local residents
  • Utah Food Bank
  • Bangerters Produce

Regular Food Distribution Partners

  • Head Start
  • Davis County senior centers
  • Episcopal Church of the Resurrection
  • Homeless support agencies
  • Safe Harbor
  • St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen
  • The Road Home
  • Crossroads Urban Center
  • Hildegard’s Pantry
  • Catholic Community Services
  • Sisters of Hope
  • New Hope Center
  • Children’s Service Society
  • The Sharing Place
  • Low income housing neighborhoods
  • Love Soup

Davis School District Partners

  • Adelaide Elementary
  • Antelope Elementary
  • Boulton Elementary
  • Crestview Elementary
  • Doxey Elementary
  • Fairfield Junior High
  • Foxboro Elementary
  • Freemont Elementary
  • Holbrook Elementary
  • Holt Elementary
  • King Elementary
  • Layton Elementary
  • Legacy Prep
  • Lincoln Elementary
  • Meadowbrook Elementary
  • Mountain High
  • Northridge High
  • Odyssey Elementary
  • Orchard Elementary
  • South Clearfield Elementary
  • Sunset Elementary
  • Sunset Junior High
  • Syracuse Junior High
  • Taylor Elementary
  • Vae View Elementary
  • Valley View Elementary
  • Wasatch 
  • Washington Elementary
  • Whitesides Elementary
  • Woods Cross Elementary

Recent Financial and Program Supporters

  • Ally Bank
  • American Express
  • Bank of Utah
  • Benchmark School
  • Bonneville Lodge
  • Bountiful Community Church
  • Bountiful Lions Club
  • Bountiful Mazda
  • Bountiful Rotary Club
  • Bountiful Soroptimist Club
  • Bridge Community Church
  • Campbell Construction
  • Centerville/Farmington Rotary Club
  • Chevron Refinery
  • City of Woods Cross
  • Communities That Care
  • Community Action Partnership
  • Community Kitchen
  • Davis Applied Technical College
  • Davis Behavioral Health
  • Davis County Community Development Block Grants
  • Davis County Real Estate Agents
  • Davis School District
  • Department of Workforce Services
  • Deseret News
  • Dura-line Corporation
  • Episcopal Church of the Resurrection
  • FFKR Architect
  • Fox News
  • Holly Frontier Refinery
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • Key Bank
  • Lakeview Hospital
  • Local businesses
  • Local dentists and dental hygienists
  • Local ophthalmologists
  • Local residents
  • Local VITA volunteers
  • Masonic Foundation of Utah
  • Mountain Orthopedics
  • Nate Wade Subaru
  • Private foundations
  • The Clipper
  • United Way
  • Utah Petroleum Association
  • WCA Structural Engineering
  • Workday Inc.

Other In-Kind Services

  • Web services donated by XMission

Awards and Recognition

  • Patriotism and Service Award (Executive Director), Utah 2nd Congressional District; 2017
  • Executive Director recognized as one of Utah's Top 50 Innovators and Davis County's Women of Influence; 2016
  • Recognized for our contribution to our community, area LDS Church leaders; 2015
  • Community Outreach Award, Utah Food Bank; 2012
  • Case Management Award, Utah Food Bank; 2011
  • Model Food Pantry Award, Utah Food Bank; 2010