Good Shepherd Ministry Center

Reverse Advent Calendars

A fun way to count down the days until Christmas and help the Bethlehem Food Pantry at the same time!
Click here for the reverse Advent calendar

Use this calendar and select an item each day to give to the pantry. After Christmas, bring the food to the Good Shepherd Ministry Center where it will be given to our guests on Saturday mornings. Choose your favorite foods to share with your neighbors! (And, remember to bring food for their pets, too.)

GSMC Open During Coronavirus Crisis

Good Shepherd Ministry Center continues its essential services of providing food, diapers and goods to those most in need in the El Cajon community.

Demand has increased while supplies from our partners have decreased.
If you would like to help, GSMC staff are accepting food and clothing drop offs at the following times:
Fridays: 9:00 am - 11:00 am

For a list of all resources available in San Diego's East County, visit ecassist.org

772 S Johnson Ave, El Cajon, CA 92020
(619) 442-9491

To glorify God by advancing spiritual, emotional,
economic and physical wellness within our communities.

Providing sustenance to our neighbors with food insecurity. For more information contact the food pantry.
Food Distribution is every Saturday 8:00am – 10:00am
Volunteers are needed Fridays 9:00 am - 11:00 am and 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm and Saturdays 7:30am – 10:00am. 300 families are served every Saturday using a drive-through distribution method.
DONATION NEEDS: peanut butter, canned meat/fish, canned fruit, boxed cereal, boxed mac and cheese, rice, beans, bagged pasta, pasta sauce.
Program Lead - Susan Naslund and Theresa Erb

Once a month, USDA Commodities are distributed at the Bethlehem Food Pantry. Distribution hours are Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 am. See the schedule here.

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a complainant should complete a Form AD 3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (​Click here for the PDF), which can be obtained online, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or

fax: (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442;
email: program.intake@usda.gov for inquiries related to discrimatory compliants on interactions with USDA
askusda@usda.gov for any other inquiries
Note all SNAP related eligibility question/forms please direct to SNAP Eligibility
or local SNAP office - FNS State Directory

A family can receive 1 package of 25 diapers per week per child. Diaper sizes are newborn to size 6.
Diapers are distributed Saturday, 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Diapers are provided the Jacob and Cushman's San Diego Food Bank.

Providing basic clothing to our neighbors.
Clothing is available Saturday 9am – 11am.
Volunteers are needed every Saturday 8:00am – 11am. 100 people are served each Saturday.
DONATION NEEDS: new underwear and socks, t-shirts and gently used pants, shirts, coats and shoes.
Progam Lead - Paula Perry

Improving lives in East County by providing a base of operations for programs aimed at personal wellness and independence.
Office hours are:
Currently suspended until all indoor services are approved by the county

Director – Danean LeNoir
Evening Missions Support – Louella Morton

The Following Programs are Temporarily Closed

Due to COVID-19

Provides support to juniors and seniors that are at risk for homelessness.
Support is provided Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00pm – 6:30pm.
Volunteers are needed Tuesday and Thursday in various roles - meal service, welcome desk, shower attendant, mentor.
Program Lead – Danean LeNoir

Providing meals, overnight and weekend lodging for asylum seeking families.
Volunteers in various roles are needed every day to support the family – weekly shopping for the family, week day transportation, overnight host.
Program Lead – Danean LeNoir

Other Services provided by GSMC Tenants
Provides free Naturopathic care to our neighbors.
At this Clinic the Naturopathic doctors use botanical medicine (herbs), homeopathy, nutrition and supplements to help people manage their medical concerns. They also counsel people on changing lifestyles (like eating better, exercise, etc.)
Open Tuesday and Thursday 3:30pm – 6:30pm.


Provides professional clothing to women that need support re-entering the work force.
Open Tuesday through Friday 2:30pm – 6:00pm and Saturday 12:00pm – 4:00pm.