Feed The Hungry
Bend’s Community Center opens its doors every Sunday to help feed and clothe those most in need. Founded in 2005, the Feed The Hungry program (FTH) is now the largest food kitchen in Central Oregon, providing more than 3,000 meals per month to hungry and homeless seniors, men, women and children in our community! Every Sunday, BCC provides free breakfast, lunch and dinner – along with hundreds of sack lunches and leftovers to go. In addition, BCC provides hundreds of meals for residents of Shepherds House, other local food kitchens and the surrounding homeless camps.
Keep Them Warm (KTW) is a related initiative that collects and distributes free camping and outdoor survival equipment (e.g. tents, sleeping bags, coats, tarps, gloves, socks, etc.) to the homeless. Showers at BCC are also available at no charge Monday thru Friday 9 am to 10 am and 1 pm to 2 pm (although reservations are required due to hall rentals and staffing needs). BCC is committed to providing for the basic needs of every member of our community.
FTH operates each Sunday from 8 am – 4 pm at BCC (1036 NE 5th Street in Bend). Participants are free to socialize, watch TV, or just get out of the Central Oregon weather.
VOLUNTEERS AND DONATIONS:
Volunteers are needed to help prepare and/or serve food in shifts of 2-4 hours from 7:00 am – 5:00 pm on Sunday and from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm on Monday thru Friday. Please contact our volunteer coordinator at: email@example.com to see what times are available. Thank you in advance for your service!
Tax deductible cash donations can be sent to BCC, or you are welcome to make an online donation by clicking on the DONATE button on the right of any page on this site. Please make checks payable to Feed The Hungry if you’d like your donation to go specifically to this program; or, your donation is always welcome to support BCC as a whole. Food donations and outdoor survival gear can also be dropped off during regular business hours (Monday-Friday from 9:00 am-4:00 pm). Again, thank you for your support!
BCC is seeking community sponsors to assist with the Feed The Hungry program. Local businesses, churches, organizations, schools, civic groups and others can “adopt” one (or more) Sundays a year. The sponsor agrees to provide 6-12 volunteers to set-up, cook, serve and clean-up afterwards. In addition, the group provides $500 to pay for the costs of food, personal care items and other supplies needed to operate the program. This is an incredible team-building activity for your local Bend area business, as well as a way for school-age children to learn the value of giving back to the community in which they live.
Please call 541-312-2069 for more information on volunteering and sponsoring Feed The Hungry.