Food Pantry Weekly, 25Oct2017

Greetings my fellow foodies!

1 Thessalonians 5:11-14

11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.12 Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. 13 Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. 14 And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone.

It was another crazy but good week at the Food Pantry. It seems that crazy and numbers over 100 are now the new normal. I was thinking about this Civil Rights test  we all must take as a requirement from the Feds. I don’t really know why we have to take this because I know at our food pantry, we could care less about your ethnicity, disability, gender, national origin or age, Read the scripture above, Paul encourages the church at Thessalonica to treat everyone the same, with love! You can’t force someone to care or make them not be prejudice without Christ. We do a great job of doing this and I encourage you to continue!

The reason I encourage you is because I know that things can get a little out of control from time to time and whether it be people or our system, frustration can rear its ugly side. Despite those things, what I see is personalities overcoming that and still be the hands and feet of Christ. The need is great and I’ll keep saying this, it’s not just about the food, you are representing Jesus to the world.

As we approach the end of the year, we are getting more requests from groups to help in collecting food. Several have already asked if they could have a food drive to give to the food pantry. We never turn those requests down. Thanks to those groups and I may have more on that later as it actually happens!

So be of good cheer, fellow foodies, we are making a difference!

This week’s numbers:

  • # households served: 107
  • # individuals served: 320
  • # first-timers: 8
  • # of volunteers: 23

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 (nopaper bags please.)
  • Financial giving is down as is typical during summer months, but our expenses continue as usual. Financial donations to the food pantry may be made online at 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 4:30-6:30pm the pantry is open and we are distributing food to our clients. Everyone is welcome… just drop in!
    • Wednesday morning 10-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!
    • And if you would like to explore leadership positions, please contact Pastor Stella at 512-346-3124.

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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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