COVID-19 Relief Efforts

During this COVID-19 situation, the health and safety of our community is our top priority. The Bethlehem Center will continue to provide youth, families, and adults with the resources they need through our programs such as the Read to Lead Academy, Community Connection initiatives, and the Partnership Food Pantry. Below you will find different ways we are continuing to serve South Chattanooga.

Visit this page often for updates.

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Read to Lead Academy

We have partnered with the YMCA and HCDE to make sure our Read to Lead students and other youth in our community receive daily meals.  As of October 2, we have distributed 15,112 snacks, 386 activity packs, 48 pairs of shoes, 91 art kits from the Huner Museum, 100 school supply bags, and 166 backpacks to children. During our weekly meal deliveries from April to July, we provided 2,043 meals to families.  Because of our transportation and food distribution,  Read to Lead students received breakfast, lunch, and snack.  We even provide transportation for Read to Lead students to pick up meals from HCDE designated food sites. 

Every family will hear from at least two Read to Lead staff members each week as a way to check-in and keep them informed of any HDCE meal delivery changes.

Read to Lead staff are also using Zoom video chat to check in and read stories to our students. 

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Community Connection

We are keeping track of all current resources in the Chattanooga area that may be useful to our adult Alton Park residents. We communicate with residents throughout the week via calls and texts.

We are also providing  a fresh produce boxes and cleaning supplies to limit person-to-person contact. During our weekly calls, we provide information about local resources about unemployment benefits.

 As of September 11, we have provided 121 supply packages, 1, 522 suppers, and 1,140 weekly check-in calls to seniors. We have also provided 468 adults with fresh produce boxes and 2, 525 adults with local resource information.


Partnership Food Pantry

Our food pantry is still open on Monday, Wednesday,

and Friday. Please call 211 to learn more. Once you're approved, please  come to the front door and wait for a staff member to assist you.    


No one is allowed in the building.


If you would like to support the Beth's COVID-19 relief efforts, you can donate items from the list below by dropping them off at the Beth Monday through Friday from 9am to 2pm.

To keep you, our staff, and community safe, we ask that you drop off your donations at our front door. A staff member will bring your donations inside the building.

Read to Lead:

  • Snack-size baggies 
  • Aluminum foil 
  • Healthy chip alternatives
  • Snack bars, crackers, raisins, etc. 
  • Any item for a typical sack lunch
  • Bibles
  • Coloring books
  • Activity books
  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Playing Cards
  • Dice
  • Play-Doh

Community Connection: (For seniors and families)

  • Bleach
  • Hand soap
  • Empty spray bottles
  • 70% proof rubbing alcohol
  • Canned goods, including low sodium canned goods
  • Sugar free/Gluten free foods

Partnership Food Pantry:

  • Peanut butter/jelly
  • Cereal
  • Instant oatmeal (variety)
  • Can greens( collard, turnip, mustard)
  • Crackers
  • Can or frozen fruit (variety)
  • Dry beans (pinto and white)
  • rice

If you would like to make a donation online, click here.

If you have questions please call (423) 266-1384.