Food Pantry Weekly, 11Nov2015

Greetings Foodies!
I admit it. I have a problem. That’s the first step to recovery, right? My problem is that I’m a worrier. I worry about us getting enough food. I worry about having all the right volunteers at the right place at the right time. I worry about us not having enough space to fit everyone in on Wednesdays! Is there a support group for this? Is there a training manual? Ok…other than Philippians chapter 4?!  Most of you know I’m a numbers guy. Maybe I like tracking all the numbers because I think the answers are there. But the numbers make me worry!  I got October financials yesterday, and our account balance took a beating last month due to a combination of low giving and more costlier food than usual. So I worry.  We had 84 households come to us last night, so I worry, “What if all our ‘regulars’ all came on the same night?” If everyone who came either this week or last all came next week, we’d have 113 households! It could happen. So I worry. I guess my faith that God will handle everything is weak. One of my favorite quotes in the bible is by the guy who said, “I believe; help my unbelief!”  I can relate.
But then things like this happen. We needed a larger vehicle to transport food from the Capital Area Food Bank on Tuesdays. And then the Blankenship’s offered to let us use theirs for the next few months! What a gracious offer. Thanks to Ginger, Dale and Drew!
Blessings to you all, and please pray for all those who come to us for help,
Carl
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This week’s needs list for those wanting to donate shelf-stable food:
   — soup
   — dried or canned beans
Also, we can always use reusable grocery shopping bags (Not paper or “single-use” plastic bags please.)
If you have questions about how to make financial or food donations, please contact the church office at 512-346-3124.
This week’s numbers:
– # of volunteers: 23
– # households served: 84
– # individuals served: 281
 – # first-timers:  10
 12-week rolling average
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Covenant Food Pantry is a Capital Area Food Bank Partner Agency

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