Food Pantry Weekly, 11Apr2018

Greetings Fellow Foodies!

This week’s numbers:

  •          # households served: 117
  •          # individuals served: 323
  •          # first-timers: 9
  •          # of volunteers: 31

It was an extremely busy but good night at the Food Pantry last Wednesday night as you can see by the numbers. And as usual, we were fretting that we weren’t going to have enough volunteers as several of our “regulars” could not come for a variety of reasons. However, God provided yet again. We had a young man who is taking a community religious outreach class at Baylor University and wanted to come experience our ministry operation . We also had five young ladies from Murchison Middle School who needed some volunteer hours so as it turned out, we had ample help!

“If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.” 1 Corinthians 12:26

One of the wonderful things that happens on Wednesday evenings, is that we have developed many new friendships with our clients. We wonder why one didn’t show up on any given week. We hear their stories about the hardships faced and we rejoice when we hear good news or just see a picture of somebody’s grandchild. We see the joy on a face when they receive some unexpected gift such as a bag of dog food for their pet. I believe, that many are transported out of their regular existences and experience the love of others that they may not get any other time of the week. It’s what keeps the clients and volunteers coming back week after week.

God continues to bless and surprise with this ministry!

If you can’t physically participate, please continue to pray, it’s just as important!

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:

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 4:00pm-7:00pm for volunteers to help set-up and distribute food to our clients. Everyone is welcome… just drop in!

o   Wednesday morning 10am-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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