Food Pantry Weekly, 25Nov2015

Greetings Foodies! Lots to talk about today, so a longer than usual Weekly.  I hope you have time to read it as you are recovering from turkey! It was “back to normal” numbers this week after last week’s onslaught. But we continue to tweak things to solve problems and make the operation safer and more efficient. Some of our clients are not happy with our changes, but I guess most of us prefer the status quo.  We experimented admitting people to the food pantry part of the building in groups of 15, according to their sign-in order. This avoided the increasingly dangerous congestion we’ve experienced downstairs. We had some blowback resulting from not allowing waiting in the area surrounding the preschool during their hours or operation, but we’ll get past that. We had tons-o-food for everyone, including 16 turkeys that we distributed by random drawing. They didn’t know they were receiving one until they were on their way out and I had the pleasure of telling them. Most were totally shocked and happy. Unexpected sources of food continue to appear… Our own Covenant Preschool held a food drive for us and presented us with over 400 pounds of food.  Thanks parents, Laura & staff! The folks from Adelphi Acres Community Garden continue to bring us fresh veggies and this week they collected other food items for us as well. Last week, a gentleman from Great Hall Games on Lamar Boulevard came by with 160 pounds they had collected for us. I was contacted this week by the marketing coordinator at Aspire Dental telling us that they are doing a...

Food Pantry Weekly, 18Nov2015

For the past six months or so I’ve been predicting that we would have a 100-family week before this year ended. Just last week, in this Weekly, I “forecast” having 113. Well, I was too conservative. Last night it was truly an incredible evening at the food pantry. We served 125 households.  Dan, our faithful registrar, registered 37 households, meaning they were either first-time-ever attenders or at least have not come since July 01, the beginning of our annual registration cycle. Dan said a common theme for this group is that they had lost their job and are seeking employment. But maybe the most incredible thing about last night was not what happened, but what didn’t happen. We didn’t run out of food. It was the story of Elijah and the widow at Zarephath, in microcosm.  And the volunteers were not overwhelmed by the onslaught. Everyone faithfully did their tasks with smiles on their faces as usual. And we weren’t there all night! The last client was through by about 7:15. After four and a half years of doing this, I’m still amazed at what happens. God is truly awesome and so are His children who have hearts for those in need! Blessings to you all, and please pray for all those who come to us for help, Carl ____________________________ This week’s needs list for those wanting to donate shelf-stable food:    — soup    — 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:...

Food Pantry Weekly, 11Nov2015

Greetings Foodies! I admit it. I have a problem. That’s the first step to recovery, right? My problem is that I’m a worrier. I worry about us getting enough food. I worry about having all the right volunteers at the right place at the right time. I worry about us not having enough space to fit everyone in on Wednesdays! Is there a support group for this? Is there a training manual? Ok…other than Philippians chapter 4?!  Most of you know I’m a numbers guy. Maybe I like tracking all the numbers because I think the answers are there. But the numbers make me worry!  I got October financials yesterday, and our account balance took a beating last month due to a combination of low giving and more costlier food than usual. So I worry.  We had 84 households come to us last night, so I worry, “What if all our ‘regulars’ all came on the same night?” If everyone who came either this week or last all came next week, we’d have 113 households! It could happen. So I worry. I guess my faith that God will handle everything is weak. One of my favorite quotes in the bible is by the guy who said, “I believe; help my unbelief!”  I can relate. But then things like this happen. We needed a larger vehicle to transport food from the Capital Area Food Bank on Tuesdays. And then the Blankenship’s offered to let us use theirs for the next few months! What a gracious offer. Thanks to Ginger, Dale and Drew! Blessings to you all, and please pray for all those...

Food Pantry Weekly, 04Nov2015

Greetings Foodies! It was a bitter-sweet night at the Food Pantry this week. As I’ve written here in the past, many of those who come to us for help have become friends during the times they wait together on Wednesdays. Some ride together, others sit outside under the trees and talk long talks. I’ve seen bonds form. So when a sadness comes for one, others experience it. We heard last night that one in this community, Amelia, had unexpectedly passed on to glory. One friend brought a card for all to write notes of remembrance to give to the family. Earlier this year Amelia contributed to Covenant Food Pantry by giving a video testimonial, which can still be seen on our web site. I recall how she pleased she was when I told her how many others had seen her in this medium and that she was having a tangible impact on our ministry. Thanks to all of you for making a difference in Amelia’s life, and please pray for her family and friends. Blessings to you all, and please pray for all those who come to us for help, Carl ____________________________ This week’s needs list for those wanting to donate shelf-stable food: — cereal — soup — 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: 26 – # households served: 79 – # individuals served: 257  – # first-timers:  19 Help needed! Covenant Food Pantry is looking for a committed...