Food Pantry Weekly, 10Oct2018

Greetings Fellow Foodies!

This week’s numbers:

· # households served: 120
· # individuals served: 410
· # first-timers: 20

· # of volunteers: 30

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NEW STATISTIC – total weight of the food received this past week from all of our sources – 3,838 pounds!
That’s 32 pounds of food per household!
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“You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”   –2 Corinthians 9:7
 
Obedient cheerful giving drives away the evil forces of our world. Have you ever considered our Food Pantry as a force that combats the evil forces of the world? The hundreds of man hours that go into preparing to open the food pantry each week is a form of cheerful giving, a giving of time! Then for the three hours on Wednesday evening, we have heaven on earth and the the evil forces cannot stand against it. This is why we have not had any major problems over the 7½ years we’ve been open. God is with us as we do His work!
 
It was a strange evening in that we usually get the first 80 or so families through by the end of the first hour. However, Wednesday looked to be a slow night with a relative light crowd early but clients kept trickling in all evening and we finished a little late with 120 households. So goes the Food Pantry!

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

It was another tremendous night 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!

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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