Food Pantry Weekly, 06Jun2018

Greetings Fellow Foodies!

This week’s numbers:

· # households served: 121

· # individuals served: 413

· # first-timers: 15

· # of volunteers: 27

It was an extremely busy and hot evening as we move into the summer season. We worry about some of our more vulnerable clients as they deal with the heat. In fact, we all, clients and volunteers alike need to take precaution. Heat not only raises the temperature, it raises emotions. Other than that, it was another successful evening. We must always be cognizant of our reasons for serving, bringing praise and glory to God first!

 
On another note, I would personally like to take time to thank one of our volunteers, Colleen Meyer, who is moving to the Dallas area to take care of her aging parents. She has been a vital part of not only the Food Pantry but she has been head of Covenant’s Missions Committee for years. Thank you, Colleen, for all that you’ve meant to us and Godspeed in your new mission field. We will miss you!

 
Peace and blessings 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:

• 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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