Food Pantry Weekly, 05Dec2018

Greetings Fellow Foodies!

This week’s numbers:

· # households served: 121
· # individuals served: 385
· # first-timers: 12
· # of volunteers: 34

4,687 pounds of food received this week from all our various sources! 

“There could be no definition of a successful life that does not include service to others.” -George H.W. Bush

As I reflected upon the life and death of our 41st president this past week, I ran across the above quote from him. No matter what your politics are, George H. W. Bush was a good man and dedicated his life to the service of his country. On one occasion during WW2, he nearly lost his life in service but was miraculously saved as God had other plans for him! This week also marked the 77th anniversary of Pearl Harbor where on Dec. 7th, 1941 over 3,000 lost their lives on that single day.

While I know we aren’t necessarily putting our lives in danger each Wednesday, the sacrifice of time and service is what helps keep this valuable ministry going and even better, it pleases God! Even during this most stressful period of Christmas where the demands on our time is stretched to its limits, each of you come willingly to help those who need our help! We have also been blessed with lots of extra resources in both the form of finances and food drives. God is good!

Thank you all for participating in this ministry. Each of you play a vital role!

It was another wonderful evening of fellowship 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 and MONEY!! 

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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