From the time Bethesda Cares first opened its doors, serving lunch has been an ongoing program. First and foremost food is available to alleviate hunger and reduce harm to the individual. Secondly, it is a means of engagement to services for those living on the streets. One may hear of lunch then learn of other services available or may not want other services at this time but willing later when the person feels most comfortable.
Four area churches open their social halls to help feed the homeless. The county provides funding for box lunches during the week and volunteers supplement the food or provide the meals the rest of the time. An amazing show of support from the community makes this possible. Scheduled volunteers serve lunch, bring food, and hold food drives to make this the “best soup kitchen” in the words of a client. It is indeed magic when many hands faithfully come together to help those who have the least in our community. Thanks to our congregational partners: The Church in Bethesda, Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, Bethesda Presbyterian Church and Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church for their long term faithfulness in serving the homeless and working poor in our community.
The location changes during the month. Specific locations, days, and times are provided below.
Members of the community interested in volunteering at the Saturday lunch program, should call the Bethesda Cares office (301.907.9244) Monday-Friday to check availabiity and schedule themselves for a specific date. To Volunteer for other days, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The 1st through the 15th
- Lunch is served Monday through Friday from 12:45-1:45 p.m.
Location:The Church in Bethesda5033 Wilson LaneBethesda, Maryland 20814
- The 16th through the end of the month
Lunch is served Monday through Friday from 12:45-1:45 p.m.
Location:Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church8011 Old Georgetown RoadBethesda, Maryland 20814
(Lunch is served at 8006 Glenbrook Road—the red house on church property)
Lunch is served from 11:00 to Noon.
Location:Bethesda Presbyterian7601 Clarendon RoadBethesda, Maryland 20814
Early dinner is served from 5:00 to 5:50 PM
Location:Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church7500 Pearl StreetBethesda, Maryland 20814