Bethlehem Place began more than 25 years ago as a mission of the Prosper United Methodist Church (PUMC). Scott Jones, then pastor for the church, encouraged the congregation to create programs for the betterment of our community. Empty baskets were placed in the church foyer to collect food for those in need. With the support of Prosper High School, food was stored and distributed from a field house on the football field.
As word spread the mission quickly grew beyond the congregation of PUMC. Additional Prosper churches and area residents joined forces to donate time and goods. The mission grew into a non-denominational, community-driven organization to support the area’s underserved residents. A shelter was erected on PUMC’s property to serve as its distribution center. Bethlehem Place, a 501c3 charitable organization, was officially born.
As Prosper and the neighboring communities have grown, so too has the demand for food. Bethlehem Place has seen a 25-to-30 percent increase in demand year-over-year. According to the Hunger Center of North Texas, more than 112,000 residents of Collin County lack consistent access to adequate food.
Today, our supporters include businesses, organizations, charities, churches and families. We have no paid administration so almost every penny gained from donations goes directly towards replacing our building and feeding the hungry.
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