Food Pantry Weekly, 02May2018

This week’s numbers:

  •          # households served: 113
  •          # individuals served: 332
  •          # first-timers: 15
  •          # of volunteers: 27

Sanctuary!

That word probably evokes a plethora of emotions and meanings for each of us. When I think of sanctuary, I immediately think of a song, “Lord prepare me, to be a sanctuary, pure and holy, tried and true, And with thanksgiving, I’ll be a living, sanctuary, for you!” Most people will think of sanctuary as a place of refuge and safety as defined in the dictionary. I believe that is why so many people come on Wednesday nights. It may be the only time of the week where they can find a moment of fellowship, refuge and safety.

As a Christian, I believe that Jesus has taken up residence in my heart and become my sanctuary! And that I must allow Him to control my life by showing others His love and kindness those few hours on Wednesday evening. The preparation it takes each week to create this sanctuary for our clients, hopefully is what motivates you continue in this ministry whether you are involved directly on Wednesday evening or you help out in picking up food or setting up for the snack supper and Free Store. Each one of you are a vital part of this ministry even if the only thing you can contribute is prayer.

It was another great night although extremely busy as indicated by the numbers especially with 15 new clients.

Please consider stepping up your volunteering (see needs below) and I hope to see you on Sunday afternoon at the Spring Fling! www.covenantaustin.org/spring-fling/

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:

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).

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

o   Wednesday 4:00pm-7:00pm for volunteers to help set-up and distribute food to our clients. Everyone is welcome… just drop in!

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

o   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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