More than 800 families each month ease financial hardship by shopping at Be Concerned. Through our food program, groceries and toiletries are distributed monthly to low-income families at no charge. Customers shop on a rotating basis by scheduled appointments. Individual selection of goods through our choice-pantry model is an important aspect of the program. New customers must sign up on Mondays and Tuesdays between the hours of 9:00 AM and 12:00 PM. All new customers must show their social security card for themselves and everyone else in the household, their picture ID, and a piece of mail to verify their current address. New shoppers are accepted from January until the end of September, at which time we begin planning for our holiday programs.
Betty's Treasures at Be Concerned Secondhand Store
Customers and the general public have the opportunity to shop year-round for used housewares, clothing, appliances, furniture, accessories, toys, tools and other secondhand items at Betty's Treasures, the secondhand store located in our basement which supports our free pantry and programs upstairs. Items in the store are accepted through donations year-round and made available at reasonable prices. Special consideration is given to those in dire circumstances. Betty's Treasures at Be Concerned is open Mondays from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Tuesdays from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM & 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Its entrance is located around the rear of the building, near the top of the wheelchair ramp.
Once the foundation of Be Concerned, the Christmas Store thrives as one of our most rewarding programs for customers, staff, and volunteers. More than 800 low-income families participate each year. No charge is required for holiday food, grocery items and health and hygiene products distributed through the Christmas Store.
In addition to the Christmas Food Program, families may participate in receiving New Toys, HUGS (hats, underwear, gloves, socks), Something Special (gift for every family) and Jewelry for a nominal fee.
Each year, schools, churches, and businesses donate more than 1000 Easter baskets for children, 0-14 years of age, and cleaning, health, and hygiene products for families who are on our Food Program.
Over 200 new 20-inch box fans are purchased each year by Fan Club donors and distributed to low-income households in exchange for a small contribution.