Food justice is an important part of community justice. We divert plant-based donations from local businesses and organizations to fight malnutrition with whole foods. Help us connect with donors and people in need.
Every first and third Wednesday, we mobilize our teams of volunteers to make a real difference. Join us and see what can be accomplished when you get an impassioned team to focus on change.
Our community is full of people who want to help. We work to help the people providing services with the people who need them. Come connect with people in new ways.
Live Bless Prosper has undergone many changes over the years. However, the primary focus was always to serve the community. Admittedly, there were times we didn't know what that looked like. We used the resources we had, to bless others. It was only in 2019, we received our first grant since beginning in 2015. The lesson was learning to operate despite a big budget or large staff. We made it work.
Where did the name Live Bless Prosper come from?
Originally, our organization was the Jesus Feet Foundation. In 2017, I created a personal blog and always signed off with the line Live Bless Prosper.
I believe in order to move ahead we must bless others. At certain times, to get a breakthrough in our own lives, we are called to help another person through their circumstances. God prepared a space for me to do His work. I'm grateful for the platform that He is building for others to receive.
We performed great work this year, despite our late start. Our summer water outreach project, Stay Hydrated, was a success. Thank you to Trader Joes's and Boxed water for your collective donations of 350 bottles/boxes of water. We distributed them to several organizations Making Choices, The Center, JWCH, and through direct outreach.
The purpose of our work is to improve the quality of people's lives.
Quality of Life looks different for everyone. For some, it's having work life balance or a support system of family and friends. Others, it's simply getting their basic, most vital needs met.
During our summer outreach, I came across a young man laying face down on the concrete. I can only speculate but in that moment, quality of life for him, was being able to sleep comfortably.
Thank you to Smart and Final Charitable Foundation for blessing us with a grant for our Outdoor Gear Fundraiser, to help improve the lives of three individuals in need with sleeping bags and tents.
The wonderful world of fundraising can be completely unpredictable, to say the least. Big companies may reject us for small donations. Small companies will donate so much, it's difficult to store.
In Thru Hiking, an unexpected donation of food or supplies is referred to as Trail Magic. Hikers have coined the phrase "The trail provides." It's true. The least I worry about my needs being met, blessings just appear. Look at it this way, if I'm in need of a raincoat, and I've shared with several people that I'm in need of a raincoat but received no immediate response. I shut-off my phone, move, and ignore emails out of frustration and go looking elsewhere. Not realizing, that someone was working in the background to meet my need. Now, my raincoat (blessing) has to come looking for me. Blessings don't just happen. People make them happen.
Thank you to Bombas socks for the huge donation of 1000 pairs of socks. And, Stella's Socks for throwing in another 500 pair. We passed them along to Foothill Unity, Foothill Family, Elizabeth House, Blessed Sacrament, Islamic Faith Center, and St. Augustine's.
But what's socks without shoes? At the beginning of the year, we set out to raise money for project funding. We partnered with Angel Bins to collect 500 pounds of shoes. I've done many fundraisers in the past, and collected similar amounts with no problem. Mind you, I did the others as volunteer work. No money involved. No money involved equates to no stress involved. Stress involved equates to mental barriers. Mental barriers, stop everything. This was one of the longest, most difficult fundraisers I've done. It went from 30-days to five months. We came short of our goal, but with a lot of fight, we earned the money we needed.
The year ended with a question. What is your intention for this organization?
After thoughtful soul searching and many rejections, I realized I was being pushed in another direction. Torn, because I didn't want to change another aspect of the nonprofit. But, healthy food and clean eating continued to loom in the back of my mind. I mean, it saved my own life.
While performing our August food outreach, a homeless man asked, "Do you have healthier options?" I felt convicted by his words because I shouldn't assume that a homeless person deserves anything less than what I'd eat myself. Today, I wouldn't eat chips, cookies, fruit snacks and other high-caloric, fructose items. Although, if I'm being honest, at my lowest, sickest point, I did consume those items...in one sitting. The sad part is that I had options.
The encounter was a wake-up call for me to refocus what this organization stands for.
Moving forward to 2020, Live Bless Prosper is mindful of the impact and decisions we're making on behalf of individuals who don't have options in what food they eat. Everyone deserves the benefit of good health.
The foods we eat have a direct impact on cognitive performance and energy levels--ultimately, our productivity. More from the experts later...
Live Bless Prosper is improving our social responsibility and working effectively to focus our services on wellness and preventative eating.
-Mari Sapp, Executive Director
Live Bless Prosper is a Plant-based Mobile Food Pantry Program created to improve the quality of life in community members struggling with low-energy by providing viable resources that may spark behavioral, emotional, and mental changes-leading to sustainable, productive lives.