Food Pantry Weekly, 21Feb2018

Greetings Fellow Foodies! Despite the cold wet weather, it was another busy and good food pantry this week. This week’s numbers:  # households served: 97  # individuals served: 312  # first-timers: 6  # of volunteers: 29 We have a saying that “hunger doesn’t take a holiday” and apparently the weather doesn’t it affect it either as you look at the numbers. Our new system of letting the physically challenged clients go a little early has certainly helped the overall flow. Although we had 97, we were well through the majority by 6pm! Accolades to our dedicated volunteers who can arrive early! We had several people who wanted to observe and see what exactly went on on Wednesday nights. I know they came away extremely impressed by the magnitude of our organization and they only got to see Wednesday night! Add in Tuesday and Wednesday mornings along with various other times, you will begin to appreciate volunteers even more! Thanks to all who continue to serve God in this fashion. Please check out our needs list below. The Free Store specifically needs more men’s clothing! Next week, I will focus on the Free Store, a unique offering that was added a few years ago to our Wednesday nights! Blessings and peace 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 Colleen Meyer or Pastor Stella.  Thank You  to all our supporters and volunteers, and as always, please pray...

Food Pantry Weekly, 14Feb2018

Greetings Fellow Foodies! Another outstanding night at the Food Pantry! We made quick work of the first 75 clients and by 6:00 all we had left were the trickle in clients. All went smooth and we had an abundance of volunteers. Since it was Ash Wednesday, the pastor had requested that we serve beans and rice with cornbread as a traditional fare for the occasion. She contacted a member of the church who graciously supplied an overabundance of food so that all the clients and volunteers were well fed! This brings me to a part of our ministry that I would like to focus on in this update, the Snack Supper. Several years ago it was suggested that we should start making some snacks to give out to our clients while they were waiting to go through the Food Pantry. This part of our ministry has exploded especially since we opened up the fellowship hall for the clients to gather! Now we have a full blown dinner party with lots of good food much like the above mentioned feast. Laurie McBride took over as the de facto leader of the kitchen team when circumstances allowed her to have more time available. She has put together a great team who arrive early to make snacks and drinks and then cleans up the mess after all our guests have moved down to the food pantry. Although most of the time there may just be simple PBJ sandwiches, don’t be surprised if there is something special like beans and rice on occasion. Laurie and her team are always serving with a great...

Food Pantry Weekly, 07Feb2018

Greetings Fellow Foodies! Just when you think you have a grasp of trends, it would seem last week was somewhat of an outlier. We’ve seen these spikes before and then settle down a little the next week, but the main takeaway is that the average weekly totals are still growing! We had lots of volunteers this week with even some new ones that helped us actually finish by 6:15. Even when we thought we didn’t have enough food, as always God provided just what we needed and everybody walked away with plenty. I had the privilege to give a tour to a young man from the Jewish Community Center who is interested in starting a food pantry at his organization and was just gathering info. He was blown away with our operation and it really gave me a new appreciation of the enormity of what goes on Wednesday evenings! You add in the amount of work done during the rest of the week and we are putting in a lot of man hours! In the coming weeks, I will be spotlighting the different aspects of the food pantry from our snack supper to the Free Store. Blessings and peace 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 Colleen Meyer or Pastor Stella.  Thank You  to all our supporters and volunteers, and as always, please pray for all our...

Food Pantry Weekly, 31Jan2018

Greetings Fellow Foodies! This week’s numbers: # households served: 123 # individuals served: 380 # first-timers: 24 # of volunteers: 22 It was another great night at the Food Pantry however as you’ve noticed, I placed the numbers first! These numbers are setting off some alarms for me. It has always been our purpose to help everyone who needs us for as long as they need us, but our numbers keep increasing especially first-timers! The other number that concerns me is that the number of volunteers has been decreasing. More clients and less volunteers cannot last as already overburdened volunteers will burn out! This is a plea for help! We need you if you haven’t been to the Food Pantry lately. There are lots of ways to help other Wednesday nights too! See how in the list below. As always, I thank God for the extraordinary group of volunteers who love to serve others! Blessings and peace 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 Colleen Meyer 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, feminine products, etc. o baby food, diapers, other baby items o reusable shopping bags (no paper bags please.) Financial donations to the food pantry...

Food Pantry Weekly, 24Jan2018

Greetings Fellow Foodies!   My apologies for the lateness of this update. Time got way ahead of me after Wednesday! It was a very interesting and extremely busy food pantry this week. We were somewhat short on volunteers plus we ran out of numbers creating a slight backup in registration upstairs. I found myself in long conversations with three different clients which pulled me away from my normal duties which I felt left a void in helping. I still believe we have an extraordinary group of volunteers who do their jobs even when shorthanded. I thank God for all of you!!   Grace and Peace!   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: 115 · # individuals served: 385 · # first-timers: 16 · # of volunteers: 24 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, feminine products, etc. o baby food, diapers, other baby items o 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)....

Food Pantry Weekly, 17Jan2018

Greetings Fellow Foodies! Matthew 9:36 – But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. The weather this week created an unusual set of circumstances and forced us to make some tough decisions, originally planning to close altogether. However, after giving it second thoughts and with an improved weather forecast for Wednesday, we decided to open because we knew there was no way we could have gotten the word to our clients on such short notice. It brought to mind the scripture verse above! Although we could not make our usual Food Bank pickup this week, we were well supplied with canned goods and other staples. Thanks to our wonderful volunteers, especially Vickie, we made up bags of what we had and handed those out as the clients registered. It reminded me of our early years when that was all we did. The difference was that we didn’t have 91 clients show up! All went smooth and I know all the volunteers who came were glad we did this. I’m sure our efforts pleased Jesus which should be our only goal every week, if not every day! Hopefully we will be back up to a full strength operation next week. Blessings and peace 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...