Beth-Hark Christian Counseling Center Aspires to Provide Accessible Care to All in Need

by Cameron St. Germain

Part of the Food Policy Community Spotlight Series

What they do: The Beth-Hark Christian Counseling Center  (BHCCC) aspires to relieve suffering and promote healthy relationships through excellent and accessible services to all who are in need. These services are provided without regard to creed, color or socio-economic status by competent staff who strive to faithfully integrate Christian/Biblical truths with principles of pastoral care.

How they do it: They are committed to empowering those whom they serve, through education and information-sharing, the provision of pastoral care, casework services, food assistance and advocacy services to make the changes necessary to better their individual family’s life circumstances, as well as providing them with tangible tools with which effectuate change.

Mission: “Offering Help, Healing and Hope” will pursuing excellence in the provision of pastoral care, casework services, food assistance and advocacy services through the efforts of staff and volunteers who are committed to being conduits of the love of Jesus Christ.”

Latest project/campaign: If 1000 people gave only $30, they could provide more than 15,000 meals through our new mobile pantry service. For 30 years, Beth-Hark has been providing services through their soup kitchen and pantry. This year, they are increasing impact and expanding access as they launch More Than A Meal, a mobile pantry and online delivery service in the Fall.

Major Funding: Bethel Gospel Assembly, Inc., City Harvest, The Food Bank of New York City, the New York City Council Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP), NYC Human Resources Administration Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP), Federal Emergency Management Agency Hunger Prevention Nutrition Assistance Program (HPNAP), United Way, The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)

Profit/nonprofit: Nonprofit

Annual Budget: $368,708

Interesting fact about how they are working to positively affect the food system: Every Tuesday, BHCCC is able to distribute grocery packages to needy families. Their Client Choice pantry model provides members of their pantry program with the chance to choose the nutritious foods they need for their families. This model empowers clients to be active participants in the distribution process. The volunteer-prepared food bags provide each family member with three meals for three days.



2-26 East 120th Street

New York, NY 10035

Core Programs: Food Pantry, Community Outreach, Counseling, Soup Kitchen

Number of staff: 4

Number of volunteers: 10

Areas Served:

  • Manhattan
  • Citywide

Year Started: 1985

Executive Director: Rev. Dr. Joan M. Williams

Contact Information: 

(212) 860-1523


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