Food Pantry Weekly, 13Sept2017

Greetings Fellow Foodies!

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Jeremiah 29:11 – “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'”

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It has been a crazy week since my last weekly Food Pantry update.

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First, the Food Pantry was officially closed however we decided to have a skeleton crew at church to hand out premade bags in case some clients didn’t get the word. We made our best efforts in such short notice including the big scrolling sign out front but that didn’t stop some from coming anyway. I anticipated maybe 10 to 15 but instead we had around 35!! A shout out to the volunteers who committed to being there, we couldn’t have done it without you!

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Second, I was in Arlington for the birth of my granddaughter. I am truly a blessed man with a brand new beautiful girl to add to the clan. Mother and child are both doing well! Perhaps soon you all can meet little Molly Kate!

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Third, the reason we were closed was because of the new ramp construction. As far as I have heard, construction was going as planned and will indeed be finished in time to reopen in full force next week. Praise the Lord and everyone who was involved with this project. It should help tremendously our ability to serve our clients even better.

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Thanks again for everybody’s continued hard work. We’ve come a long way in our six plus years and next week will start a new phase with our new ramp and hopefully a new freezer!

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In His Grace!

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This week’s numbers:

  • # households served: 35

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 giving is down as is typical during summer months, but our expenses continue as usual. 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 be part of the food pantry but Wednesday nights are not workable for you? There are other opportunities to help:
    • Wednesday mornings 10-noon we receive deliveries and sort/set-up bread and produce. It’s easy and anyone can contribute.
    • Tuesday mornings: 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.

Bob Weeks

twitter: @CovenantFood

email: foodpantry@covenantaustin.org

web: covenantaustin.org/events-activities/food-pantry/

Click here to watch our video. It was produced by our friends at the Central Texas Food Bank.

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Covenant Food Pantry is a Central Texas Food Bank Partner Agency

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