Linda Dove, center.
Linda Dove, Pastoral Director of BHOB, was on hand to receive the Jerry Tippins Advocacy Award. She explains that in addition to continuing the food pantry, community garden, weekend backpack program for school children and other local programs at the ministry, she and others are active in advocating for poor people at local and state levels. This year she and volunteers Pam May, Ginia Finch and Judy Emerson have met with Oregon Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden among others to advocate for the continuation of SNAP (formerly foodstamps), affordable housing and other poverty-related issues, which are in danger of losing their federal funding.
Dove said she thinks the Oregon Food Bank singled out Bethlehem HOB for this honor because "whenever they call and need someone to go to Salem to talk to people and advocate for hunger issues, we say yes!"
Bethlehem House of Bread is a Pathways Ministry of the Tigard, Oregon United Methodist Church. It was created through a merger between the Metzger United Methodist Church and Tigard UMC in July 2013.
Read the article at oregonfoodbank.org.
Watch a short video on why Bethlehem House of Bread was chosen.
To learn more about Bethlehem House of Bread, a ministry of Tigard United Methodist Church, see their website or like their facebook page.