Food Pantry Weekly, 03Jan2018

Greetings Fellow Foodies! 

It was great way to start the new year by opening the church doors again for the Food Pantry! Everyone seemed to come with extra enthusiasm, both clients and volunteers. Thankfully the extreme cold temperatures of the previous few days had somewhat abated on Wednesday evening. It was a fairly light night compared to our pre-holiday crowds so everything seemed to flow smoothly with minimal issues. The snack supper of Frito pie was also a big hit. 

The new year brings with it lots of changes and perhaps the biggest one is that this was our first week without Carl! I would have to say that he left us a well-oiled machine. If you don’t know by now, our new point person for the Food Pantry is Ernie Cruz!

Thanks Ernie for stepping up to this challenge!

I became aware Wednesday of the fact that while the needs of our clients are great, several of our volunteers are also dealing with some major health issues. Please pray for our volunteers along with our clients.

We have kicked off 2018 with a great start but as you read below, we still are in need of some non-Wednesday night volunteering!

Grace 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.

This week’s numbers:

  • # households served: 86
  • # individuals served: 270
  • # first-timers: 9
  • # of volunteers: 27

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 4:30-6:30pm the pantry is open and we are distributing food to our clients. Everyone is welcome… just drop in!

o  Wednesday morning 10-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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