Food Pantry Weekly, 13Jun2018

Greetings Fellow Foodies!

This week’s numbers:

·  # households served: 121

· # individuals served: 380

· # first-timers: 21

· # of volunteers: 32  
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Heat and continued overwhelming numbers, is taking its toll. I am very concerned that we are quickly getting to place that is unsustainable. However, I thought that when we hit 40 a week, then 50, then 75 and so on! I have to keep reminding myself of the fact that we have never run out of food yet! We may run out of patience or stamina, but God continues to bless this ministry with some amazing volunteers who despite the circumstances continue to serve selflessly!
 
However, having said that, we could always use more volunteers especially in the area of picking up food from some of our newer local contributors such as Sprouts and HEB McNeil. These new sources have provided much more produce and breads. The problem is that it needs to picked up during the work day. If there is any way you could give a couple of hours a week in this endeavor and you haven’t volunteered in a while, WE NEED YOU!! 
 
Please take a moment to reread all the opportunities below to help this ministry.
 
Don’t forget, we will be closed on July 4th but the following Wednesday begins our yearly registration process of all the clients. There will be registration training on July 2nd and the 9th if interested.
 
Peace and blessings to all!
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:

• 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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