Food Pantry Weekly, 04Apr2018

Greetings Fellow Foodies!

This week’s numbers:

  •        # households served: 103
  •        # individuals served: 279
  •        # first-timers: 5
  •        # of volunteers: 26

One of the great things about my role at the Food Pantry is that I get to do a lot of running around from getting the next page of clients to helping carry out bags. It gives me the opportunity to observe all that goes on in its’ entirety. One of our clients needed a boost to start their vehicle and a volunteer quickly jumped on that task. One of our volunteers realized that one of our clients’ grandchild who regularly comes, was a bright and inquisitive child who loved to read. After a conversation with the child, this volunteer wants to give her a set of books she likes! I’ve watched many volunteers interact personally with the clients just to lend an ear. I’m pretty sure this goes on many more times than anyone realizes and it is what makes our Food Pantry so special.

I had the privilege Thursday of being part of team to present a grant proposal to the Methodist district board. I am hoping that the board recognized our enthusiasm for wanting to expand our services beyond just the food! This is where we are and will truly make a difference in people’s lives!

As I’ve said before, food is merely our vehicle to share God’s love with a hurting world.

Blessings 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 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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