Food Pantry Weekly, 30Sep2015

Greetings Foodies! It was another great night at the Food Pantry.  We began telling our clients tonight that we will be offering English as Second Language classes!  Jane Nagase will be leading those on Wednesday afternoons before Food Pantry beginning October 21. Thanks Jane! Our cupboard is bare!  We increasingly struggle to find enough food to match our current client needs. We need new sources of food and buying retail is not within our financial means. God has always provided what we’ve needed for his hungry children. Please pray that He will show us where to go from here, and please pray for all our clients! Carl ____________________________ This week’s needs list for those wanting to donate shelf-stable food:  cereal, mac&cheese, peanut butter, rice.  Also, we can always use reusable grocery shopping bags (Not paper or “single-use” plastic bags please.) If you have questions about how to make financial or food donations, contact the church office at 512-346-3124. This week’s numbers: – # of volunteers: 21 – # households served: 79 – # individuals served: 241  – # first-timers:  9   _____________________________________ Covenant Food Pantry is a Capital Area Food Bank Partner...

Food Pantry Weekly, 23Sep2015

Greetings Foodies! It was another great night at the food pantry. Including a couple of individuals who came for assistance during the week, we helped 79 households with good nourishing food, which is about our average these days. Wednesday morning, while volunteers were busy unloading, weighing, sorting and organizing produce and bakery items, a neighbor dropped by with right-out-of-the-ground salad greens and okra from the Adelphi Community Garden. Beautiful stuff! Now I’m expecting God to bring more and more of that sort of fresh food to keep up with the need. You might say that we have a “growing” need!  Hint-hint all you gardeners! Mindy Vasquez of Capital Area Food Bank’s Social Services Outreach team was with us tonight and had lengthy one-on-one sessions with several of our clients, answering questions and assisting them make application for SNAP (food stamp) benefits. Mindy plans to spend another evening with us in October. She also said she received very positive comments by the clients about the work we do here at Covenant!  I knew this was the case, but it’s always nice to here it from someone else. Way to go volunteers! You make it all happen! Please pray for all our clients. Carl ____________________________ This week’s needs list for those wanting to donate shelf-stable food:  Cereal, Mac & Cheese, Peanut Butter.  Also, we can always use reusable grocery shopping bags (Not paper or “single-use” plastic bags please.) If you have questions about how to make financial or food donations, contact the church office at 512-346-3124. This week’s numbers: – # of volunteers: 23 – # households served: 79 – # individuals served: 241  – # first-timers:  8   ____________________________...

Food Pantry Weekly, 16Sep2015

Greetings Foodies! It was another great night at the food pantry. If I were in the shoes of many of our clients, I think I might be discouraged. Some go from pantry to pantry during the week, just to keep groceries on the table at home. Some get rides from others who are coming here. Many have kids. Many are elderly. Some have disabilities. Yeah, I think I might get discouraged. One of my devotional writers is focusing on God’s encouragement to the Jews moving from their wilderness wanderings to the promised land. God tells their leader, Joshua, “be strong and courageous…don’t be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go!” It’s a great encouragement for all who believe: Yes, life can be really tough; but don’t be discouraged, for God will be with you! Some of those I talked to tonight have great faith, great strength in the face of life’s challenges. All you who volunteer and support the food pantry…you are God’s hands and feet, helping our neighbors! Please pray for all our clients. Carl ____________________________ This week’s needs list for those wanting to donate shelf-stable food:  cereal, canned tuna.  Also, we can always use reusable grocery shopping bags (Not paper or “single-use” plastic bags please.) If you have questions about how to make financial or food donations, contact the church office at 512-346-3124. This week’s numbers: – # of volunteers: 18 – # households served: 71 – # individuals served: 230  – # first-timers:  5 (click on image to enlarge) ____________________________ Covenant Food Pantry is a Capital Area Food Bank Partner...

Food Pantry Weekly, 09Sep2015

Greetings Foodies! It was another great night at the food pantry. Our Mission Statement includes the words “We are blessed to be a blessing….”  I’ve never appreciated those words quite so much as I do within the context of the food pantry. In a nutshell, what the words mean is that we are allowed to be a blessing to others, and in doing so we ourselves are blessed. All I have to do is watch the faces of our clients and our volunteers to know that it is true. Roughly speaking, we are categorized as a “medium-sized food pantry”.  But large, medium or small, what really matters is the one-on-one connection between individuals — a welcoming smile, offering a loaf of bread, a minute of prayer or a helping hand to carry a bag. Thank you for your continuing support and please pray for all our clients. Carl ____________________________ This week’s needs list for those wanting to donate shelf-stable food:  canned fruit, canned tuna.  Also, we can always use reusable grocery shopping bags (Not paper or “single-use” plastic bags please.) If you have questions about how to make financial or food donations, contact the church office at 512-346-3124. This week’s numbers: – # of volunteers: 21 – # households served: 82 – # individuals served: 255  – # first-timers:  9 (click image to enlarge) ____________________________ Covenant Food Pantry is a Capital Area Food Bank Partner Agency...