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Fill a bag for the Free Food Market

Each month along with Neighbor Impact, we help up to 80 families at our Free Food Market. Westside Outreach needs your help to keep the food coming in! Please fill up a special Westside shopping bag with non-perishable foods, bring it back, and take another bag! Participate in this on-going project at your own pace. The bags are available at the Info Center, and filled bags may be dropped off there, as well. Thank you for sharing food with those who need a little extra help.

Every 4th Monday, 1:30pm – 2:30pm in the Student Center

With rising food costs, we are proud of our partnership with Neighbor Impact to provide a free grocery shopping experience to members of our community in need.

Please come if you need some supplementary groceries or would like to pick up groceries for a neighbor. At our Free Food Market, you can choose your own food items, and everyone is welcome! 

monthly free food market at Westside Church in Bend Oregon

Here are the upcoming dates for 2024:

  • March 25
  • April 22
  • May – No Free Food Market
  • June 24

We couldn’t host this event without our amazing volunteers and we are always looking for more people to join the team.

Thank you, Westside, for making our 2023 Giving Tree a huge success! You gave over 2,000 gifts to 658 children, representing 289 families. A special thank you to North Star Elementary School parents for participating in purchasing gifts for our Giving Tree!

The Giving Tree is here and ready for you to choose tags off the Tree! Hundreds of children have been identified by our partnering agencies, along with city and county organizations. This is an opportunity for us to show the life and love of Jesus to these children, their families, and to our community. Every child on the Tree will receive an article of clothing, a toy or special item they have requested, and a blanket. Each family receives a family game, along with an invitation to our Christmas Eve services. You can choose to donate a single item, adopt-a-child, or adopt an entire family. Click the button for all the details and to choose one or more tags from the Tree. Thank you for providing a joy-filled Christmas to these precious children.

December 2, 9am-3pm

The Annual Westside Christmas Market, happening on Saturday, December 2nd, from 9am–3pm in The Atrium, will feature over 40 local vendors offering hand-crafted and unique gift items. This will be a festive community opportunity to connect with family and friends while shopping for Christmas gifts and other treasures. The Annex Coffee Bar will be open offering hot drinks and pastries.

This year we are excited to partner with Westside Outreach to support the Anti-Trafficking Project from J Bar J by creating stockings for the 53 women and girls in their program, ranging in age from 12-50. We will have several raffle items from our amazing vendors for you to enter to win. You can buy tickets at the event, $1/ticket or $5/7 tickets, or you can bring an item from our wish list below for a free raffle ticket. The raffle will be happening throughout the day.

Needed Items:
Socks
Winter gloves/mittens
Hand warmers
Chapsticks
Small journals and pens
Fidget toys
Face wipes
Reusable water bottles
Candy
Christmas Stockings

Our Annual Christmas Market is fast approaching. We are excited about this year’s event happening on Saturday, December 2, 9am-3 pm.

We are looking primarily for quality unique and handcrafted items, not commercially produced items. Vintage items are also popular. All food items must be prepared in a commercial kitchen.

There is no fee to participate in this boutique! Register here to become a vendor and our team will be in touch with a confirmation email.

 

Often parents cannot afford to bring snacks or simple meals such as microwavable mac-n-cheese to their Family Time which are visits between parents and children who are placed in foster care. Children look forward to sharing food with their parents as it can foster a sense of normalcy and family rituals and ease the discomfort of bonding and interacting with each other in an unnatural setting.

I Heart 365 is going to help by collecting snacks for these parents and kiddos!! Donations can be dropped off at our church office Monday – Thursday 9am-2pm until October 16. Please see the list below for examples of snacks that can be donated. Thank you for your generosity!

Examples of well-liked snacks:

  • Small packages of goldfish crackers
  • Granola bars
  • Cups of applesauce and plastic spoons
  • Microwavable mac-n-cheese and plastic forks
  • Crackers
  • Snacks that come in squeezable tubes (for toddlers)

Saturday, August 26th, 11:00am – 1:00pm

This is a fun family environment that will include a hot dog BBQ and other fun surprises. No registration is needed and every child present will receive a cinch bag of age-appropriate school supplies.

If you know of a family who would benefit from receiving school supplies, or if it would help you and your family, please join us in the Westside Student Center and Family Commons.

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