Food Pantry Weekly, 06Dec2017

Greetings Fellow Foodies,
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Wednesday night was an unusual night due to the weather! We have been blessed with really good weather on Wednesday nights for the most part, but this time it was rainy and wet and miserable outside. However, it was another good night on the inside! Maybe due to the weather, our numbers were slightly down, both clients and volunteers. I know several of our volunteers weren’t able to come due to illness perhaps clients too. Despite that we had plenty of food especially fresh produce to hand out! I’ve never seen such large carrots!

On another note, I’d like to give a shout out to some clients! On Monday night when I arrived at church for a meeting, there was one of our regular clients out sweeping the leaves under the portico on the west side of the church. On Wednesday night, another client volunteered to drive a fellow client home who had no transportation. That really warms you on a cold night! That’s paying it forward! That’s being the Body of Christ!

Thanks to all who braved the nasty weather to help.

Praise God!

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: 85
  • # individuals served:267
  • # first-timers: 16
  • # of volunteers:29 

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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