Food Pantry Weekly, 20Jun2018

Greetings Fellow Foodies! This week’s numbers:  # households served: 113  # individuals served: 357  # first-timers: 15  # of volunteers: 29 It was another great but extremely busy evening at Covenant Food Pantry! No matter where you may stand concerning the recent discussions about immigration policies, here at the Food Pantry, we were busy helping people in real and tangible ways. I think most of us leave our opinions at home for three hours on Wednesday evening and look beyond the differences. This is where church happens. I know for a fact that my opinion would clash with many but I love our volunteers. We are working together for a common purpose of blessing God and blessing others! Here are some important dates: July 4th – Food Pantry Closed July 2 and July 10 – 6:30 pm, at Covenant – training for the registration process that begins on July 11th, we have to register everyone again. If you can speak Spanish fluently, we could sure use you! Contact me or Ernie. Blessings and peace to all! Please see the note below about Tuesday and Wednesday Mornings. 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 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: o toiletries – toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, shampoo (including the free hotel size), toilet paper,...

Food Pantry Weekly, 13Jun2018

Greetings Fellow Foodies! This week’s numbers: ·  # households served: 121 · # individuals served: 380 · # first-timers: 21 · # of volunteers: 32   . Heat and continued overwhelming numbers, is taking its toll. I am very concerned that we are quickly getting to place that is unsustainable. However, I thought that when we hit 40 a week, then 50, then 75 and so on! I have to keep reminding myself of the fact that we have never run out of food yet! We may run out of patience or stamina, but God continues to bless this ministry with some amazing volunteers who despite the circumstances continue to serve selflessly!   However, having said that, we could always use more volunteers especially in the area of picking up food from some of our newer local contributors such as Sprouts and HEB McNeil. These new sources have provided much more produce and breads. The problem is that it needs to picked up during the work day. If there is any way you could give a couple of hours a week in this endeavor and you haven’t volunteered in a while, WE NEED YOU!!    Please take a moment to reread all the opportunities below to help this ministry.   Don’t forget, we will be closed on July 4th but the following Wednesday begins our yearly registration process of all the clients. There will be registration training on July 2nd and the 9th if interested.   Peace and blessings to all! Please see the note below about Tuesday Morning. We have a critical need for a helper or two. Join our team!...

Food Pantry Weekly, 06Jun2018

Greetings Fellow Foodies! This week’s numbers: · # households served: 121 · # individuals served: 413 · # first-timers: 15 · # of volunteers: 27 It was an extremely busy and hot evening as we move into the summer season. We worry about some of our more vulnerable clients as they deal with the heat. In fact, we all, clients and volunteers alike need to take precaution. Heat not only raises the temperature, it raises emotions. Other than that, it was another successful evening. We must always be cognizant of our reasons for serving, bringing praise and glory to God first!   On another note, I would personally like to take time to thank one of our volunteers, Colleen Meyer, who is moving to the Dallas area to take care of her aging parents. She has been a vital part of not only the Food Pantry but she has been head of Covenant’s Missions Committee for years. Thank you, Colleen, for all that you’ve meant to us and Godspeed in your new mission field. We will miss you!   Peace and blessings to all! 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 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:...

Food Pantry Weekly, 30May2018

Greetings Fellow Foodies! This week’s numbers: · # households served: 112 · # individuals served: 352 · # first-timers: 9 · # of volunteers: 26  . Unfortunately I was unable to attend Food Pantry this week due to not feeling well so I do not have any stories to report. As far as I know it was a typical crazy evening but great night. Instead I want to point out a few future things happening in July. . First, we will be closed on July 4th. I know that being hungry doesn’t take a holiday, but I also know how important it is to spend time with family and recharge our engines with a short break. . Second, July 11th will begin the yearly registration process so we will need some extra hands helping in that area as everyone must register whether they are new clients or not! Spanish fluency would be a big plus. There will be a short training session if you are interested, details and dates to come . Peace and Grace! . 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 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,...

Food Pantry Weekly, 23May2018

Greetings Fellow Foodies! This week’s numbers: · # households served: 96 · # individuals served: 280 · # first-timers: 5 · # of volunteers: 32 Remember growing up as a child and seeing someone else especially a sibling seemingly getting special treatment and trying to point out to someone the unfairness? There are two important lessons to learn from this that cropped up this week at the Food Pantry. One, sometimes life is unfair and two, if you don’t know all the facts pertaining to a particular situation, don’t judge by what you perceive to be an injustice. We had this happen between some clients and it led to some heated arguments. As always, the truth lies somewhere in the middle. I don’t like seeing discontent when we are just trying to help people with the best of our abilities but it happens, we deal with it and move on but we must be Christ-like in our response.   Other than that, it was another great night at the Food Pantry and I can never thank our volunteers enough for their faithfulness to come and serve especially as we move into heat of the summer. . God Bless you all!! . 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 Bob Weeks, Ernie Cruz or Pastor Stella. Thank You to all our supporters and volunteers, and as always,...

Food Pantry Weekly, 09May2018

Greetings Fellow Foodies! This week’s numbers: · # households served: 109 · # individuals served: 318 · # first-timers: 8 · # of volunteers: 24   It was another extremely busy evening but successful evening at the Food Pantry. Our Free Store was back in full operation after being closed last week. Our numbers keep growing and since the first of the year, we are averaging around 11 new families registering each week. Our food sources have increased and we had an abundance of bread which unfortunately gets tossed out if we can’t give it all away. If anybody has an idea about what to do with our leftovers, please let me know. As you can see, it takes a tremendous amount of volunteer hours each week to make this succeed. I appreciate everybody’s efforts and while we have a base of volunteers who regularly show up every week, I’m always amazed by the different non-regular faces that show up any given week. It must please God that some of his children want to help his other less fortunate children! Thank you! Please see the note below about Tuesday and Wednesday morning opportunities. We have a critical need for helpers to either pickup food, help process our inventory or help set up for Wednesday nights. The Free Store and Snack Supper teams could also use extra hands. 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...