Food Pantry Weekly, 01Jul2015

Greetings Foodies!

In James chapter 4, the author says “You do not have because you do not ask.”  I realize James was not talking about refrigerators, but I (re)learned this lesson this past week when I asked you all here to provide the food pantry with a new refrigerator. One of our dear friends contacted me and said he would like to buy us a new one!  And not just another residential style fridge, but a commercial unit!  He prefers to not have his name advertised as the donor, so please just thank God in your prayers for this dear generous friend of the food pantry!

Once again this year, Vacation Bible School made the Food Pantry their mission focus. The kids (and their families) donated 340 pounds of food! What a great way to teach these youngsters about giving. Thanks to Emma and the many who worked VBS this year!

I’ve mentioned here about the challenge we had coming in July. According to USDA rules, we had to re-register ever client, which means sitting with each one and filling out a form. With 65 clients tonight, that translates into about 5-1/2 hours time. We would have been overwhelmed and had a bunch of grumpy people except for some great volunteers and staff who assisted. Thanks so much to Ed, Linda, Linda, Dan, Jane, Celina and Stella!  I hope you all enjoyed it. All total we had 23 volunteers involved in Food Pantry service this week!

Please take a look at our volunteer needs below… and please pray for all our clients.

May God richly bless you,

Carl

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This week’s needs list for those wanting to donate food:  pasta, cereal, soup.

To make food or monetary donations, please contact the church office at 512-346-3124.

This week’s numbers:
– # of volunteers: 23
– # households served: 65
– # individuals served: 231
 – # first-timers:  10

Food Pantry data 2015-07-01
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Volunteer opportunities

(1) Work with an experienced volunteer to pick up food at Capital Area Food Bank on Tuesdays at 11:00AM and take to Food Pantry. Total time from Covenant area will be about 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM. This job requires the ability to lift up to 30 lbs and load these items into a vehicle, then unload into the Food Pantry.

(2) Receive, weigh and put away food delivered to Food Pantry from Whole Foods. This job requires the ability to lift up to about 30 lbs. Time: each Wednesday afternoon, delivery is generally between 1-2pm.

(3) Ready to step your ministry up a notch?  Call me. 512-940-3975.  Already a food pantry volunteer? Call me. I’ve got a couple of things I’d love to talk with you about. It will be a no-risk, no-pressure conversation, just something to think about.

To volunteer or for more information, please contact Carl Wilson at: foodpantry@covenantaustin.org

To make donations, please contact the church office at 512-346-3124.

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Covenant Food Pantry is a Capital Area Food Bank Partner Agency

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