Food Pantry Weekly, 22Feb2017

Greetings Foodies! . It was a great day at the Food Pantry!  The Church, like all organizations, has its own lingo, sometimes creating walls between those on the “inside” and others. One of those common phrases, is “we are blessed to be a blessing.” But all this really means is that God gives some people the desire and means to help others. That’s what we do at the Food Pantry. We help others. Or, again, in the lingo, “we love one another.”  And so, boys and girls, your assignment for this week is to help someone else.  😉 . As of three months ago, we had seen over 100 households only once. We’ve now had that many visitors four times in the past 10 weeks, including 113 yesterday. I hate to see this trend. So why do I talk about numbers all the time? One reason is that we have to constantly try to scale our operation to meet the demand. As that demand continues to grow, we have to adjust. One significant change made by the Central Texas Food Bank now gives us the ability to order fresh produce in large quantities. This in turn impacts our volunteer teams who transport and handle all that food each week. We also are challenged with the logistics of accommodating that many people in our small space. We have plans, but they will require God’s blessings…including money! Keep the food pantry in your prayers please. . If you have never volunteered at the food pantry before, come join us on Wednesday at 10am or 5pm to see first hand what keeps our...

Food Pantry Weekly, 15Feb2017

Greetings Foodies! . It was a great day at the Food Pantry! . It was a smaller-than-usual crowd last night – 83 households – but it seemed hectic. Part of that, for me at least, was due to the fact that several of us shuffled our jobs around some to cover for missing team members. But I heard others use the word “hectic” also, so I’m not sure what that was. For the clients who were there, they had a treat. We had an unusual abundance of fresh produce – thanks to Central Texas Food Bank  – and flowers galore – thanks to Trader Joe’s and the fact that it was the day after Valentines!  Everyone went home with all they wanted. . As many of you know, a member of the food bank’s Social Services Outreach team joins us once a month to assist clients with SNAP applications, answer questions, etc. Last night they also presented us with a Certificate of Appreciation for our support. Very nice! . One special request for you all. If you travel and stay in hotels, you get the little bottles of shampoo, body wash, etc. Collect those and toss them in the big food pantry donation box near the fellowship hall. All sorts of toiletries are much appreciated by our clients! . If you have never volunteered here before, come join us on Wednesday at 5:00 to see first hand what keeps our volunteers coming back. From time to time we have volunteer needs at other times of the day too. And if you are interested in a leadership role, please contact Pastor...