Food Pantry Weekly, 10Jan2018

Greetings Fellow Foodies,

2 Corinthians 1:3-8

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort. We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure,  far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself.

If you’ve ever spent time volunteering on Wednesday nights, you’ve probably had the opportunity to listen to the stories of our clients. Nobody wants to be have to come, wait several hours just to be able to receive some food to help feed their families. Countless times I’ve heard someone say they never expected to be in this position but when you are hungry, you have to put your pride aside. I helped carry out some bags for a first time client who told me that very thing and she came because both her adult sons are heroine addicts and all her resources went to try and help them. I was at a loss for any comforting words so my feeble, “hang in there” seemed shallow. These kind of needs leave me speechless!

We had an extremely busy evening as we had 115 families and started off light on volunteers so several of us had to do jobs we hadn’t done before. It certainly gives you a new perspective on the breadth of our growing ministry. However, we were still able to finish on time even with all the craziness! If this is any indication of what kind of year 2018 will be, strap on your seat belts!

 

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: 115
  • # individuals served: 348
  • # first-timers: 14
  • # of volunteers: 30

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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