Food Pantry Weekly, 8Aug2018

Greetings Fellow Foodies!

This week’s numbers:

· # households served: 101
· # individuals served: 333
· # first-timers: 9
· # of volunteers: 31

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters .”  – Colossians 3:23

Five years ago if we had had 101 families, we would have panicked. This past Wednesday, we considered it a slow night! So goes the Food Pantry.

I want to tell the story of a new family who came in at the last minute. We were already in the midst of clean-up and several volunteers had already left due to other obligations. Our prayer warrior, Maja, was one of those who had gone so when this family asked for prayers, we had to improvise. This family had some very large obstacles facing them. The young lady who asked for prayers was acting as the caretaker for her parents. The father, who was there was suffering from kidney failure and the mother was home with terminal cancer. This young daughter was stressed to the maximum. We prayed and hugged and sent them home with food. It’s heartbreaking but that probably repeats itself many times in all of our lives.

The scripture I chose above should be the goal of every volunteer who comes and helps out with this ministry. The Gospel when boiled down is very simple, love God and love others. If we keep this in mind every week, then the frustrations that are always present when running this type of ministry will be minimized. Please keep our ministry and volunteers in your prayers this week.

It was another great week!

Peace and blessings to all!

If you are looking for something to donate besides food, we could sure use baby diapers and wipes!

Please take a moment to reread all the opportunities below to help this ministry.

WE NEED YOU!!

Come 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 Bob Weeks, Ernie Cruz or Pastor Stella. Thank You to all our supporters and volunteers, and as always, please pray for all our clients.  

What do we need:

  • Needs list for those wanting to donate items:• toiletries – toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, shampoo (including the free hotel size), toilet paper, feminine products, etc.

    • baby food, diapers, other baby items

    • reusable shopping bags (no paper bags please.)

    • Financial donations to the food pantry may be made online at covenantaustin.org, or by check to Covenant UMC (“Food Pantry” on memo line).

    Would you like to volunteer in the food pantry? There are multiple opportunities each week:

    • Wednesday evenings 4:00pm-7:00pm for volunteers to help set-up, distribute food to our clients and then clean up! Everyone is welcome… just drop in!

    • Wednesday morning 10am-noon: we receive deliveries and sort/set-up bread and produce.

    • Tuesday morning: We need volunteers to pick up food at the Food Bank and bring it back to Covenant. You can do a ride-along with one of our current volunteers to see if it’s a good fit for you. You don’t need to use your own vehicle but you do need to be in good physical condition, able to lift and transfer up to 60 pounds. This is an essential task that must be done every week to make the food pantry work. Please help spread the word and let me know if you have questions. By the way, this is a great job to share with a friend: enjoy the company, get a little workout!

    Bob Weeks

    twitter: @CovenantFood

    email: foodpantry@covenantaustin.org

    web: covenantaustin.org/events-activities/food-pantry/

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Covenant Food Pantry is a Central Texas Food Bank Partner Agency

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