Food Pantry Weekly, 28Oct2015

A Tale of Two Pantries One    Why can’t these people act like civilized folk.  At this pantry some can’t even speak English and I know they’ve been in this country for years. They push and shove to get to the front of the line. They bicker with each other and tattle to me about how so-and-so cut in front them, and about how that other guy is talking vulgar and being rude. And some are just loud and irritating, and they’re dirty and smell bad. They won’t follow our rules. And there’s that one woman who scoops five times her share into her bag. Some drive nice cars and have their iPhones and they probably go to other food pantries as well ours. The free-loaders! They’re just taking advantage of us. Two    At this pantry I see people doing everything they can to put food on the table for themselves and their families. I’ve talked to brothers and sisters in crisis. I’ve talked to individuals having the worst day of their life. At this pantry I see those about whom Emma Lazarus wrote when she penned  “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”  At this pantry I feel caught up in the crowds pouring across the landscape just to get a glimpse of the One some are now calling the Savior, who speaks words of compassion, who we are told just recently fed thousands. At this pantry I see people like myself, but who had...

Food Pantry Weekly, 21Oct2015

It was another great night at the Food Pantry.  Oh what a difference a week makes. We were blessed with food from many sources this week. Summitt Elementary gave us surplus food from their fall festival. A Millwood neighborhood block party collected canned goods for us. Covenant’s own Ashley Beebee brought fresh okra from Adelphi Community Garden. Gateway Church Food Pantry gave us over 100 pounds of bread and produce. And St. Louis Catholic Church Food Pantry gave us 500 pounds of frozen meat that they couldn’t fit into their freezers. All this on top of what we got from Capital Area Food Bank and our regular donors Trader Joe’s, HEB, MyFitFood and Whole Foods! God is good! We are trying to become a focal point for outreach. In addition to our primary mission, tonight we had a Social Services representative from CAFB doing SNAP applications; the first-week of a new English as a Second Language class with Jane Nagase and Ernie Cruz; and Karen Sue Wagner was available to tell people about the Drive a Senior program. Now if we can only figure out how to make our building larger! Please see our special “Volunteer Needed” ad below! Blessings to you all, and please pray for our clients, Carl ____________________________ This week’s needs list for those wanting to donate shelf-stable food: — cereal — rice — dried or canned beans Also, we always need reusable grocery shopping bags (Not paper or “single-use” plastic bags please.) For Information about how to make financial or food donations to the Food Pantry, please contact the church office at 512-346-3124. This week’s numbers: – # of volunteers: 25 – # households served: 81 – # individuals...

Hidden Pines Fire – ADRN

Contact Jane Denson (densonje@aol.com) for more information on ADRN and helping out! The Hidden Pines Fire has devastated Bastrop again (after the fires of 2011) and they need our help! To date ADRN has: Opened our Call Center and Survivor Hotline# is live for volunteers, donors, general public and survivors to call for information. Survivor Hotline – (512) 806-0800 Has sent out a press release to media to begin raising funds for this disaster. To date, 9 homes have been destroyed and 154 homes are threatened by the fires.  One fireman who lost his home in the 2011 Bastrop Fires lost his home again due to the fires.  To make a donation, Click Here Is preparing Chaplain, CISM, CERT, FAST and HAM teams to deploy potentially in the next 1-3 days.  We are waiting on the “green light” from County officials.  Please stay alert and tuned in for this deployment notice! WHAT NEEDS STILL EXIST? Volunteer force! ADRN needs administrative, call center and logistics help, folks to deliver meals to headquarters for volunteers, and volunteers at the Hope Family Thrift Store. You can contact Jane Denson from Covenant or visit the ADRN website for more info or to sign up. They are also taking monetary donations to help families; click here for more info. Interested in working with ADRN beyond Hidden Pines? Visit their website and contact Jane. There is a training TOMORROW (Tuesday October 20th) at ADRN Headquarters from 8:30am-noon. ADRN is located at 1122 E 51st St, Austin, TX 78723. Since this is short notice; Jane says contact her and we can work on setting up training at Covenant during...

Food Pantry Weekly, 14Oct2015

Greetings Foodies! It was another great night at the Food Pantry.  We had a last minute surge of arrivals and finished exactly where we did last week – with 85 households – which is just one shy of our record 86, and our 12-week rolling average hit 80 for the first time ever. Tonight’s 16 first-timers came with stories of crushing burdens and the understandable emotions that go along with loss of job, home and independence. These children of God are scared and angry and struggling to maintain dignity and hope. Please pray for these and all our clients. Please consider the following urgent need. Volunteer needed: Covenant Food Pantry is looking for a committed volunteer to perform one of our most critical tasks:   Pick up food each week at Capital Area Food Bank and deliver to Covenant. Requires: Full-size pickup or other large capacity vehicle Ability to lift and transfer 50 lbs Pick up time is currently 11:00 Tuesdays. Contact Carl Wilson to discuss: 512-940-3975  cswilson78759@gmail.com Thank-you for your continuing support!  Blessings to you all, Carl ____________________________ This week’s needs list for those wanting to donate shelf-stable food: — cereal — canned fruit — rice — dried or canned beans 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, please contact the church office at 512-346-3124. This week’s numbers: – # of volunteers: 20 – # households served: 85 – # individuals served: 252  – # first-timers:  16   ____________________________ Covenant Food Pantry is a Capital Area Food Bank of Texas Partner...