About Bethlehem Place
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 expanded 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 network of supporters includes so many. The residents and businesses of Prosper, our local schools and Scouts, area retailers, including Costco, Market Street, and Mahard Egg Farm, and Prosper charitable organizations, including Cornerstone, National Charity League (NCL), and Prosper Ladies Association (PLA). And PUMC, our founder, still remains an important partner and contributor to our success.