Food Pantry Weekly, 13Dec2017

Greetings Fellow Foodies!

As the year winds down and with the Christmas season in full gear, it seems that you see the best and the worst in people. Wednesday night was another great night at the Food Pantry although not without its highlights and problems. It would seem some nights we can move over a 100 families through on time and with no problems and other nights with fewer people, it slows down to a crawl. There seemingly is no answer to this and unfortunately this creates a frustrating atmosphere for both clients and volunteers. We had several clients show up after hours when clean up was going on, so we tried our best to accommodate those needs though by that time volunteers are frazzled both physically and mentally. Please be patient and understanding that none of this is personal! Our sole purpose is to serve Christ through this ministry!

One highlight for me was when one of the clients in the Fellowship Hall saw the Gifts of Caring bulletin board and wanted to donate some money to one of the ministries listed. She said it was her birthday and she had received some cash and wanted to use some of that to help others. She was extremely happy that she could help in this way. I have no idea how much or what ministry she chose but I suspect it was the Food Pantry. That one act makes all the effort we do worthwhile although many times we never see the fruits of our labors. There is a reason many clients keep saying we have one of the best run food pantries in town.

I personally want to thank each and every one of the volunteers who faithfully participate in this ministry, you are the hands and feet of Christ!

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: 95
  • # individuals served: 290
  • # first-timers: 14
  • # of volunteers: 28

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 (nopaper bags please.)
  • Financial donations to the food pantry may be made online at 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 4:30-6:30pm the pantry is open and we are distributing food to our clients. Everyone is welcome… just drop in!
    • Wednesday morning 10-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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