Meal Program

Bradley Hills at Saturday Lunch Program

Our volunteers are essential ingredients in our daily meal program.

From the time Bethesda Cares first opened its doors, serving hot, nutritious food has been an ongoing priority.  First and foremost food is available to alleviate hunger, thus reducing harm to an individual. Secondly, our meal program is a means of engagement to services for those living on the streets; it offers us a chance to get to know people in a casual setting.  Or one client may hear of our meals, and then learn of other services we offer.  They may not be yet willing to investigate our other services, but at least they learn what is available for them, when they feel ready.

Four area churches open their social halls to Bethesda Cares, to let our dedicated volunteers come work with our staff, to help feed the homeless and low-income individuals.  Working with funding from our County, Bethesda Cares and our volunteers supplement that budget to ensure a healthy, balanced meal each time.  The amazing show of support from our community makes this possible, and we are grateful:  scheduled volunteers serve meals, 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 so 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 people experiencing homelessness and working poor in our community.

Meal Program Details:

Every two weeks, our weekday lunch program shifts location between two churches.   Our Saturday lunch and Sunday dinner program are always in the same locations.  All are within an easy walk of our main office.

Specific locations, days, and times are provided below.

Members of the community interested in volunteering with us should call our office (301.907.9244) Monday-Friday to check availability, or email us at

The 1st through the 15th of every month, lunch is served Monday through Friday from 12:45-1:45 p.m:

The Church in Bethesda
5033 Wilson Lane
Bethesda, Maryland 20814

The 16th through the end of every month, lunch is served Monday through Friday from 12:45-1:45 p.m.

Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church
8011 Old Georgetown Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
(Lunch is served at 8006 Glenbrook Road—the red house on church property)

Every Saturday, lunch is served from 11:00 to 12:00:

Bethesda Presbyterian
7601 Clarendon Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20814

Every Sunday, dinner is served from 5:00 to 5:50:

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church
7500 Pearl Street
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
(click here to sign up to help with dinner)



7728 Woodmont Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814
Tel: 301.907.9244
Fax: 301.652.1781

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