Bethesda Mission Outreach exists to support partner non-profit organizations in the Central PA region working toward the shared goal of providing food to families and individuals in need.
Recognizing that poverty and hunger are less visible, yet harder to cure in outlying areas, our Outreach Ministries began in late 1996. Currently, the Outreach warehouse stores food and supplies for Bethesda’s other ministries and distributes thousands of pounds of additional items throughout the region.
Some facts about Outreach:
- Bethesda Mission partners with over 200 churches and other agencies in counties surrounding Harrisburg.
- Distributes over 1,500 of bags of food and essential daily household products to hungry and needy individuals and families each month.
- Donations are received from individuals, businesses and churches both from this area as well as other locations in the Commonwealth and country. These donations are stored in Mission Central’s warehouse in Mechanicsburg which handles both dry foods and perishables with distribution handled by two trucks, one which has refrigeration capacity.
- As these physical needs are being met, church members and agency staff are sensitive to listen for other emotional and spiritual needs, offering encouragement, help and referral.
Frequently Asked Questions
What counties/areas does Bethesda Mission Outreach serve?
In addition to supporting a number of organizations and food pantries in Harrisburg, Bethesda Mission Outreach focuses on supporting organizations working to feed the hungry in each of the counties neighboring Dauphin County.
My family is in need. Can I pick up food directly from the warehouse location?
Bethesda Mission Outreach exists to support partner non-profits who serve the public directly at their respective locations. We provide large-scale food donations to our partners, who then provide it directly to those in need. While we do not provide food donations to individuals and families directly, we would be happy to help you make contact with one of our partner organizations that does.
I represent a non-profit organization that provides food to those in need. Can our organization partner with Bethesda Mission to receive food donations?
The short answer is yes. We are always excited to hear from, and work with, organizations in our area that share our goals to feed those in need. If we are not be able to immediately serve your organization based on scheduling/staffing demands of our current partner organizations, we will try to bring you on board in the very near future.
Please contact Bethesda Mission Outreach office: 717.691.0410
- Inter-Ministry Product Coordinator: Dedicated volunteer(s) will work with staff to coordinate product needs (food, supplies) and pickup between Outreach warehouse in Mechanicsburg and ministry locations in Harrisburg. He/She should be comfortable lifting up to 50 pounds and driving a cargo van.
- Outreach Ministry Assistant: This dedicated volunteer will work one day per week in support of Director of Outreach, providing administrative support in several areas including tracking inbound and outbound donations using Excel, maintaining driver file records, and writing thank-you correspondence. This person will work from the Bethesda Mission Outreach Office at Mission Central warehouse in Mechanicsburg, PA.
- Groups to pack food bags each month: Each month Outreach donates 1,500 packed groceries bags of food. We are always looking for and appreciative of volunteer groups able to help us out in this capacity (Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Youth Groups, businesses, church groups, etc.) An ideal size for a group packing food bags is between 10-15 individuals.
- Drivers to pick up/drop off donations (CDL license preferred)
We are blessed to partner with the following organizations and businesses to continue meeting the needs of families and individuals living in poverty in the rural areas of Central PA:
- Feed The Children
- Bread of Life Outreach
- Convoy Of Hope
- Sam’s Club
- Metropolitan Reclamation Services
- ASK Foods, Inc.
- Wenger’s Grocery Outlet
- Pepperidge Farm
- Garden Spot Distributors
- John Gross & Company
- Sysco Central Pennsylvania
- Union Mission (Charleston, WV)
- Liberty Distribution (Mechanicsburg warehouse)
- Milton Hershey School
- Seltzer’s Meats
If you represent an agency or business who would like to partner with us regularly, as a donor or recipient, please contact:
Director of Outreach Ministries
Address: 5 Pleasant View Drive, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050