As a beacon in the South Dallas community for many decades, the Dallas Bethlehem Center was prepared to act quickly to meet the needs of the community when COVID-19 struck. While still in the midst of the crisis, the community knows it can turn to DBC to provide fresh food, a friendly face, and to listen to what the neighbors need. DBC continues to be known as integral to the fabric of South Dallas. Here are some of the actions it is currently taking:


  • Our weekly Thursday Neighborhood Market effort has doubled – now with drive ups and walk ups! It is open to anyone from 11:30 – 2 pm while supplies last
  • We’ve begun a new Friday hot meals program. This is also open to anyone from 3 – 4 pm


  • Virtual learning began in March with our 0-3 years ChildCareGroup program
  • We have plans to reopen in August per DISD Guidelines

New Community Programs

  • Voter Registration was executed in coordination with food distribution efforts
  • We’ve been able to hire from the community to ramp up food distribution given foundation & donor support

How You Can Help

While COVID-19 has spotlighted the inequities our neighbors in South Dallas have faced for decades, we are seeing the  community step up its efforts to help overcome them. DBC continues to be a trusted partner for platforms and  programs to come in and organize efforts for the highest impact.

“I drove to DBC all the way from Irving because I heard DBC treats everyone with dignity & respect, and I was not disappointed. While I was leaving, someone tapped my window and told me to have a great day, it’s the little things. DBC shows a lot of humanity.”

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