Food Pantry Weekly, 12Oct2016

Greetings Foodies!
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It was a great day at the Food Pantry!  And another busy night, with 94 households served.  The last client was still in the pantry at 7:30. That’s not our preference since some of our volunteers have been there since early morning, and many others have put in a full day at their jobs before coming. And then they stay to clean up, put up, straighten up; but no one seems to complain. That’s just how our volunteers are.
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Our lottery system for determining the order of entry into the pantry has been in use now for seven weeks and it seems to be a success. I give credit to our new Food Pantry Board for pushing me to implement this. I’ll admit, I was reluctant. But even our clients tell us that they like it. It removes the incentive to arrive earlier and earlier to be one of the first in line, and it removes the frequent contention about who cut in front of whom. It’s extra work, but worth it!
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If you have never volunteered here before, come join us on Wednesday at 5:00 to see first hand what it is that keeps our volunteers coming back!  And if you are interested in exploring a leadership position in the Food Pantry, please contact me or Pastor Stella.
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Thank you to all our supporters and volunteers, and as always, please pray for all our clients.
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Other business:
  • This week’s needs list for those wanting to donate shelf-stable food:
    • soup
    • Spaghetti
    • canned tuna, chicken or beef
  • We can always use:
    • reusable shopping bags (not paper bags please.)
    • empty egg cartons
  • Financial donations to the food pantry may be made by check or online at covenantaustin.org/events-activities/food-pantry/
This week’s numbers:

  • # of volunteers: 22
  • # households served: 94
  • # individuals served: 315
  • # first-timers: 15
12-week-rolling-average
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Carl Wilson
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Covenant Food Pantry is a Central Texas Food Bank Partner Agency
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