Food Pantry Weekly, 03Oct2018

Greetings Fellow Foodies!

This week’s numbers:

· # households served: 118
· # individuals served: 389
· # first-timers: 12
· # of volunteers: 37 


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Let’s face it, we all have had our moments when life can be overwhelming! Just in the last month, I’ve experienced several life events; the birth of a new great niece, the death of a long time church member and the celebration of both my brother’s 70th birthday and my granddaughter’s 1st! A season for everything. Those who are more closely associated with the food pantry in it’s everyday operation understand just how overwhelming our task of feeding 389 people every week can be but through it all you continue to put others first whether it’s a client or a fellow volunteer. Being able to look at our Food Pantry in an overall sense definitely allows me to see the love everyone displays all for the glory of God. This is the reason we’ve been so successful!
We had a bunch of new volunteers on Wednesday night which always helps lessen the burden of our regulars. It was great to see all the new faces!
Thank you all for participating in this ministry. Each of you play a vital role!

It was another tremendous night at OUR Food Pantry!

Peace and blessings to all!

If you are looking for something to donate besides food, we need more egg cartons, diapers and baby wipes!

Please take a moment to reread all the opportunities below to help this ministry.

WE NEED YOU!!

Come 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, Nancy Bertolino 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:

• toiletries – toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, shampoo (including the free hotel size), toilet paper, feminine products, etc.

• baby food, diapers, other baby items

• 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:

• Wednesday evenings 4:00pm-7:00pm for volunteers to help set-up, distribute food to our clients and then clean up! Everyone is welcome… just drop in!

• Wednesday morning 10am-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!

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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