Food Pantry Weekly, 29Mar2017

Greetings Foodies! . It was a great day at the Food Pantry!  A very busy night, with 106 households served, 81 of them arriving during our early check-in hour. . We all need food of course. But sometimes I think distributing food is just a means to an end, a vehicle for God to do even greater things. One of those greater things is giving so many people the opportunity to serve – from preschoolers in a food drive to old geezers like me. I was in the back room at Starbucks Wednesday morning, gathering up the bakery items that they donate each week, when a young man engaged me in conversation about the food pantry. As we talked, he got more and more excited, and we ended by him getting my contact info and saying he was going to come volunteer! I hope he does, whether here or elsewhere, because serving others is a holy endeavor. That conversation was a seed sown. . Another “greater thing” happened to me at the end of the day – the opportunity to serve a couple who overcame great physical challenges just to get to the food pantry, then had no means or plan to get home. I was in the right place at the right time to help them and so received this second blessing of the day. . Oh, and did I mention…we also distributed 3000 pounds of food. God is good! . 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 volunteers coming...

Food Pantry Weekly, 22Mar2017

Greetings Foodies! . It was a great day at the Food Pantry!  After three weeks of lower than usual numbers of clients, tonight we were back to our 6-month average of 90. We noticed a definite drop-off in Spanish-speaking clients beginning 4 weeks ago, and were wondering if that was just an anomaly or if it was related to the recent actions by ICE police. In a conversation with a Central Texas Food Bank employee who works with many partner agencies, we learned that our experience was typical of that being seen across the region. Regardless of your politics, please join me in praying for these families who are afraid to even leave their homes. We’re all children of the same God! . Friends, our February individual giving was very small.  Please consider an extra gift to the Food Pantry (see Other Business below for info on how to give). . 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 volunteers coming back. Questions? Shoot me an email.  And if you are interested in a leadership role, please contact Pastor Stella or me to explore opportunities. . Thank you to all our supporters and volunteers, and as always, please pray for all our clients. . This week’s numbers: # of volunteers: 27 # households served: 90 # individuals served: 276 # first-timers: 9 . . Other business: Financial donations to the food pantry may be made online at covenantaustin.org, or by check to Covenant UMC (“Food Pantry” on memo line). This week’s needs list for those wanting to donate items: soup, mac&cheese...