The Bethlehem Inn announced Thursday it is in urgent need of perishable foods, paper products and grocery store gift cards.
This need is in preparation of the months ahead when the Inn sees a dramatic increase in the number of adults and children seeking shelter and meals. The cancellation of the Inn's Annual Food Drive with a large grocery chain has created a shortage of the Inn's food supply this year.
The Bethlehem Inn continues to rely on the community's generosity through food and gift card donations for the Emergency Meal Program.
Last year, the Inn served over 66,000 meals and provided 1,500 food boxes to the community's adults and children experiencing homelessness. Donations of lunch meat, sliced cheese, chicken and hamburger are among the foods needed (please visit bethleheminn.org for more information).
Store-specific gift cards allow the Inn to make purchases based on immediate circumstances and give the greatest flexibility. Donations are gladly accepted every day at the Bethlehem Inn located at 3705 N. Hwy. 97 in Bend.
The Bethlehem Inn is committed to transforming lives with shelter, help and hope by providing a warm bed, hot shower, 3 meals each day and support services for adults and families experiencing homelessness in Central Oregon. Each year the Inn provides shelter and support to over 1,100 individuals across a range of needs. To make a donation and learn more about how you can be a part of Central Oregon's solution to end homelessness, please call 541.322.8768 or visit www.bethleheminn.org. Donations may also be mailed to Bethlehem Inn, P.O. Box 8540, Bend, OR 97708.