Food Pantry Weekly, 27Dec2017

Greetings Fellow Foodies! I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and a well deserved break from the Food Pantry. Let me give you a little story! I was on my way home last night and as I turned onto to Duval, it occurred to me that there might be some people who didn’t get the word that the pantry was closed. As I pulled into the parking lot, there was a pickup parked there with a cart next to it. I pulled up and asked if there were there for the Food Pantry. The guy driving the truck had stopped and saw one of our regular clients sitting out in the cold waiting. He asked her if she would like to sit in his pickup so she could call Metro. I have never seen him before and I’m still curious about why he stopped. Anyway, the client got a hold of Metro and they were supposed to be there in about 10 to 15 minutes. I thanked the man and then had the client come sit in my car until Metro arrived. The client and I had a wonderful talk about her life and why she was in a position to need our help. Turns out, she had been in the nursing field for about 30 years but she had no benefits attached to her work. However, even though she lives in Del Valle, she comes up to our area of Austin several times a week to volunteer at a mental health facility. You see, nursing was still in her blood. I feel honored that she allowed me into...

Food Pantry Weekly, 20Dec2017

Greetings Fellow Foodies! And so this is Christmas! As we always say, hunger doesn’t take a holiday. Wednesday was another wild and crazy ride with 113 families who ascended on the Food Pantry. So many blessings in the midst of the craziness. Countless clients mentioned how they weren’t sure how they were going to feed their families on Christmas. However, we once again had an abundance of food especially with an extra 1200 pounds from Trader Joes! If you ever think we aren’t making a difference especially in presenting the gospel in a tangible way, one client told a volunteer that he saw Jesus at the Food Pantry just because of the way we treat people, with love, with dignity and with respect. That is a reason to celebrate. Thank you all for staying late so that we could properly honor Carl at his last Food Pantry. I know he was touched by everyone’s display of affection. We wish you well my friend!! Don’t forget that we will be closed next week and gear back up, the first week of the new year! . May God bless you all and your families and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! Please see the note below about Tuesday Morning. We have a critical need for a helper or two.  Join our team! Or step up your current involvement!  See below under What do we need, and if you have questions or interest in joining us please reply to this email or contact Colleen Meyer or Pastor Stella.  Thank You to all our supporters and volunteers, and as always, please pray for all our clients. This week’s numbers: #...

Food Pantry Weekly, 13Dec2017

Greetings Fellow Foodies! As the year winds down and with the Christmas season in full gear, it seems that you see the best and the worst in people. Wednesday night was another great night at the Food Pantry although not without its highlights and problems. It would seem some nights we can move over a 100 families through on time and with no problems and other nights with fewer people, it slows down to a crawl. There seemingly is no answer to this and unfortunately this creates a frustrating atmosphere for both clients and volunteers. We had several clients show up after hours when clean up was going on, so we tried our best to accommodate those needs though by that time volunteers are frazzled both physically and mentally. Please be patient and understanding that none of this is personal! Our sole purpose is to serve Christ through this ministry! One highlight for me was when one of the clients in the Fellowship Hall saw the Gifts of Caring bulletin board and wanted to donate some money to one of the ministries listed. She said it was her birthday and she had received some cash and wanted to use some of that to help others. She was extremely happy that she could help in this way. I have no idea how much or what ministry she chose but I suspect it was the Food Pantry. That one act makes all the effort we do worthwhile although many times we never see the fruits of our labors. There is a reason many clients keep saying we have one of the...

Food Pantry Weekly, 06Dec2017

Greetings Fellow Foodies,.Wednesday night was an unusual night due to the weather! We have been blessed with really good weather on Wednesday nights for the most part, but this time it was rainy and wet and miserable outside. However, it was another good night on the inside! Maybe due to the weather, our numbers were slightly down, both clients and volunteers. I know several of our volunteers weren’t able to come due to illness perhaps clients too. Despite that we had plenty of food especially fresh produce to hand out! I’ve never seen such large carrots! On another note, I’d like to give a shout out to some clients! On Monday night when I arrived at church for a meeting, there was one of our regular clients out sweeping the leaves under the portico on the west side of the church. On Wednesday night, another client volunteered to drive a fellow client home who had no transportation. That really warms you on a cold night! That’s paying it forward! That’s being the Body of Christ! Thanks to all who braved the nasty weather to help. Praise God! Please see the note below about Tuesday Morning. We have a critical need for a helper or two.  Join our team! Or step up your current involvement!  See below under What do we need, and if you have questions or interest in joining us please reply to this email or contact Colleen Meyer or Pastor Stella.  Thank You  to all our supporters and volunteers, and as always, please pray for all our clients. This week’s numbers: # households served: 85 # individuals served:267 # first-timers: 16 #...