Food Pantry Weekly

Greetings Foodies! Another really busy night at the food pantry – 53 households! That’s one of the 5 highest totals we’ve had, and makes January 2014 the busiest four-week month we’ve ever had (we were closed the first Wednesday). On Monday, I attended the required annual training at Capital Area Food Bank. You might of CAFB as a “secular” organization and technically, I suppose you would be correct. But I think Jesus may be very pleased with what these folks are doing – loving neighbor, caring for the poor, showing mercy in a harsh world, walking humbly with God. Mostly the training was things that I heard at last year’s training, but one thing caught my eye. There was a slide entitled “Judge Not.” The bullets on that slide included: If they are in your pantry we must assume they are in need If they visit more than one pantry we must assume that they need more than what one pantry can provide Do not compete with other pantries…we are all partners forming one big family to help those in need. I remember when we first began, 33 months ago, there were those who said, “These people are just taking advantage of you.” And, “They just go from one pantry to another, taking more than their share.” We’ve taken the attitude of the three statements above since we first opened. God is blessing us and using us to bless others. Praise be to God! Tonight’s numbers: # volunteers: 15 #households served: 53 #individuals helped: 194...

Food Pantry Weekly

Greetings Foodies! We are in a transition time as far as where the food comes from. What we buy from Capital Area Food bank continues, of course, and I hope it always will. But most of our dairy, eggs, produce and other perishable  and some non-perishable items comes from from Whole Foods via Anita Murray, who faithfuly deals with WF to capture product they are “writing off.”  It’s a bit of a dance and an arm-wrestling match Anita does every week, to not get in the way of their business yet keep good nurishing food out of the landfill. As you may be aware, WF closed their Gateway store and opened a new store in the Domain. This means Anita has to start over with a new management team to win their support, and she is in the middle of that now. With this change comes opportunity, however, because WF is completely rebuilding the Gateway site and will reopen that store, so the potential is to double the volume of this food coming to Covenant and other area food pantries.  That will likely require God to provide new “Anitas” to work with her. Please pray for Anita and her ministry to the poor. During this transition time, due to the generosity of our members and friends, we have funds available to bridge the gap. Praise God for his generous children! See the chart below for history. Tonight’s numbers: Volunteers:  8 Households served: 45 Individuals served:...

Food Pantry Weekly

Greetings Foodies! Wow! What a night! God always provides the food and the people. When I arrived about 4:30, Kit was waiting to get in so I knew no one else was inside working. About 5:15 Bob arrived. He was the third. Usually by that time we have 6-8 volunteers, all busy. But…no problem!  We had a ton of food, and Vickie Maxon had been there earlier and bagged 50 sets of food! So Kit, Bob and I could be very prideful and say “We opened tonight with just three volunteers!” …which would probably be a record; but we know that God and His angels had prepared everything for us. He just let go along for the ride and watch Him work! It was a busy night tonight – 46 households representing 155 individuals (see attached chart). Actually 50 came, but four left before getting served. Maybe they just couldn’t wait long enough – we did get backed up. I pray for those four families. Prayer times with clients included the usual requests – jobs, health, housing, etc. But tonight, one man told us where someone was hiring. He gave us a telephone number and email address to share with others! And we did. Thanks to all our helpers…and several more did arrive, so we had plenty. 😉  Praise God!...